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Scale for the Measurement of Quality in English Composition by Young People: Theory of the Method Employed in Deriving the Scale


by Milo B. Hillegas - 1912

Nearly five hundred individuals judged one or the other of the sets which contained the samples used in the scale. Each person was asked to arrange the samples in order of merit. This amounted to a request that each sample should be compared with every other sample in the set. In scoring the results, the poorest sample was numbered one, the next poorest two, and so on; thus in a set of eighty-three samples the best was numbered eighty-three. The scale was derived from these scores by the method of right and wrong cases.1 The theory of this method as applied to this study may be stated as follows: Differences that are equally often noticed are equal, unless the differences are either always or never noticed.2


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 4, 1912, p. 14-22
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10168, Date Accessed: 1/17/2020 8:11:32 AM

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