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Evaluating Growth in English


by Alan C. Purves 1977

If one were to ask most English teachers how they evaluate their students' progress, they would mention tests and papers. English teaching, dealing as it does most frequently with the written word, finds its measure in the written word. The term paper and the essay examination have long predominated as evaluation instruments in English syllabi from elementary school to graduate school. These papers could be used as indices of the pupils' knowledge of and profieieney with the subject matter of English: language, literature, and media. They might alternatively be used as indices of the students' proficiency in the medium of writing itself. In general, judgment of a student's progress would come after the student gave an answer, and would not be involved in the question.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 76, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 78 Number 5, 1977, p. 230-259
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19002, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 7:57:51 AM

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