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					Appendix C
Pre- and Post-Focus Group Rating Rubrics for Knowledge Domains and Habits of Mind

1. Pre- and Post-Focus Group Rating: Knowledge Domains of Professional Writers

Instructions: For each knowledge domain, or field, choose one response on each of the 1-
7 rating scales. Indicate your choice by circling the number. The left column measures the
importance you place on the knowledge domain and the right indicates the frequency with
which you employ it. There are no right or wrong answers.

                                                          Importance                  Frequency
                                                          1=Extremely unimportant     1=Never
                                                          2=Very unimportant          2=Rarely
                                                          3=Somewhat unimportant      3=Occasionally
Knowledge domains for professional writers                4=Neither important nor     4=Regularly
                                                            unimportant               5=Often
                                                          5=Somewhat important        6=Nearly always
                                                          6=Very important            7=Always
                                                          7=Extremely important
discourse community knowledge
(understanding the various expectations and needs of
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writers and readers who take part in discussions about
a subject)

writing process knowledge
(information and/or understanding about how writers
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compose or produce a given text by planning,
researching, drafting, and revising)

metacognitive knowledge
(self-awareness of methods of approaching writing
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tasks and the ability to articulate and assess personal
strengths and weaknesses related to these methods)

rhetorical knowledge
(information and/or understanding about the
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purpose(s) of a text, the claims and evidence that may
be included in a text, the audience who will read a
text, and the situation informing both the readers’ and
writer’s views of the issues related to a text)

subject matter knowledge
(information and/or understanding about the topic for
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a piece of writing)

genre knowledge
(understanding of the conventions of a particular kind
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of written text)
2. Pre- and Post-Focus Group Rating: Habits of Mind of Professional Writers

Instructions: For each habit of mind, choose one response on each of the 1-7 rating
scales. Indicate your choice by circling the number. The left column measures the
importance you place on the habit of mind and the right indicates the frequency with which
you employ it. There are no right or wrong answers.

                                                           Importance                  Frequency
                                                           1=Extremely                 1=Never
                                                             unimportant               2=Rarely
Habits of mind of professional writers                     2=Very unimportant          3=Occasionally
                                                           3=Somewhat                  4=Regularly
                                                              unimportant              5=Often
                                                           4=Neither important nor     6=Nearly always
                                                             unimportant               7=Always
                                                           5=Somewhat important
                                                           6=Very important
                                                           7=Extremely important
responding positively to critique
(being receptive to comments about your writing)
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understanding how to write in complicated
contexts
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(researching, drafting, and revising so that the views
and concerns of editors, readers, and the individuals or
groups you are writing about are appropriately
recognized)

engaging in metacognition
(considering how effectively you have performed past
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writing-related tasks and planning ways to improve in
future writing projects)

engaging in collaboration
(understanding the benefits and necessity of working
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effectively with others)

exhibiting keen interest in their subjects
(enjoying thinking about the topics of your writing)
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attempting challenges
(taking on new tasks that may be difficult)
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embracing learning
(having an interest in and reading about or researching
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new topics, issues, and ideas)

persevering
(continuing to work on a task until it is completed to
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your satisfaction and/or the satisfaction of your editor
and/or readers)

				
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