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Handwriting. Part I. The Measurement of the Quality of Handwriting: A Scale for Quality in Adult Women's Handwriting


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1910

The scale for adult women's handwriting consists of only six points, each represented by only one sample. Let us call these samples a, b, c, d, e, and f. They represent the best selection that I could make of writings ranging from nearly the best to nearly the worst of the ordinary writing of some five 'hundred women teachers and students and differing progressively by equal degrees of merit. The derivation of the scale was as follows: Thirty judges rated samples a, b, c, d, e, and f together with from 37 to 456 other samples. The ratings given were from I (the lowest grade) to II (the highest), grades 1 and 11 being roughly shown by samples and the requirements being made that the grades 2, 3, 4, 5, etc., should represent grades of merit differing by equal steps. The number of the samples was reduced from 456 to 37 by gradually dropping samples which seemed unlikely to be near the points 1 to 11. The result of the thirty ratings was as shown in Table II.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 2, 1910, p. 48-67
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10065, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:41:23 AM

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