Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Assessing Disciplinary Writing in Both Research and Practice


Katherine Wright, Boise State University, United States
Tracey Hodges, The Empowering Advocate, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: January 8, 2023
Full Chapters Due: March 9, 2023
Submission Date: March 9, 2023


Recent research in disciplinary literacy has highlighted the need for writing instruction to move beyond the traditional English/Language Arts classroom and to be embedded in specific content areas. The goal is to help students learn to communicate as field experts, and thus better prepare them to use writing as a tool in future careers. However, because there is a dearth of published, validated measures, and due to the fact that the context and products of disciplinary writing can vary greatly, measures of writing skill or improvement tend to be study-specific. This has made cross-study comparisons difficult, and leaves practitioners unsure of how best to measure student growth. Bringing together validated measures and methods of assessing writing across the disciplines is needed to propel research and practice forward. Therefore, this volume serves as a resource for those teaching and researching by providing both methods and measures for assessing disciplinary writing.


This handbook will provide a comprehensive reference of models, strategies, and tools for assessing writing in a variety of field-specific contexts. A preference will be given to those who provide a validated measure (e.g., a rubric) or other strategy that can be implemented in research or practical instruction. The inclusion of practical assessment methods will be essential to create this highly valued reference for those engaging in content and discipline specific writing instruction and research.

Target Audience

This handbook will be appropriate for K12 teachers, educational researchers, and content-specific faculty incorporating writing into their instruction and research.

Recommended Topics

Theoretical foundations, including: o Multimodal disciplinary writing o Assessing disciplinary writing versus content-area writing o Using assessment as a tool for disciplinary writing instruction o Methods for incorporating student voice in writing assessment o Methods for determining validity, reliability, and fairness in writing measures Assessing writing at the elementary grades, including: o Assessing writing in social students o Assessing writing in science o Assessing writing in mathematics o Assessing writing in other genres Assessing writing at the middle and high school, including: o Assessing writing in social students o Assessing writing in science o Assessing writing in mathematics o Assessing writing in English/Language Arts Class o Assessing writing in other genres Assessing the disciplinary writing of specific populations of students, including: o Assessing undergraduate student writing in the disciplines o Assessing English Learners’ disciplinary writing o Assessing disciplinary writing of exceptional populations (e.g., gifted & talented, special needs, incarcerated) o Assessing writing as a form of equity, advocacy, or agency

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 8, 2023, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 9, 2023, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Assessing Disciplinary Writing in Both Research and Practice. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2024.

Important Dates

January 8, 2023: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 9, 2023: Full Chapter Submission
May 7, 2023: Review Results Returned
June 18, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification
July 2, 2023: Final Chapter Submission


Katherine Landau Wright
Boise State University

Tracey Hodges
The Empowering Advocate LLC


Education; Social Sciences and Humanities
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