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Handwriting. Part I. The Measurement of the Quality of Handwriting: The Use of the Scale


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1910

The topic of this section is fitly treated in the one statement: Any measurement of the Quality of handwriting may be made more accurately and conveniently with the scale, either actually present or held in memory, than without it. The reader may apply this statement to whatever cases his interests suggest. I shall mention a few of the commoner uses and explain the function of the scale as a standard held in memory. The class-room teacher has to measure the quality of a single pupil's handwriting in order to assign him a rating in comparison with his fellows and, better still, in comparison with his own past performances. If she uses the scale either by giving its numerical measures outright or by letting her A, B, C's, or 75, 80, 82, etc., per cents, or excellents, goods, fairs, etc., mean certain points on the scale, her ratings will have a definite meaning to the pupil, can have the same meanings that similar ratings by other teachers in the school have, and may be used to measure the actual improvement of the pupil month by month and year by year. She can more easily and more accurately measure the relative values of the different methods of teaching which she may from time to time employ, of different lengths of periods for drill, and the like.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 2, 1910, p. 46-48
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10064, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 1:31:13 PM

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