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Scale for the Measurement of Quality in English Composition by Young People: The Use of Mixed Types of Compositions


by Milo B. Hillegas - 1912

Two methods of selecting samples from which a scale might be derived are possible. The first is to take only compositions that would be classified as narration or as description. The second method is to pay no attention to such distinctions; rather to make the effort to include all the various types. Either method is good. In this study the effort was made to include all types except poetry. It was believed that in this way the scale could be made of more value to the teacher. In the upper elementary grades and in the secondary schools the distinction between narrative, description, and argument is not an important one. Thus the scale will measure the actual products obtained in these grades. The objection may be offered that it is impossible for a person to compare a sample of narration with a sample of description, that we are trying to compare entirely different things. The answer is that people actually did do it. Of the four hundred and fifty people who have judged these samples not more than three have offered any objection on the score that they could not compare the samples.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 4, 1912, p. 55-55
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10174, Date Accessed: 1/27/2020 8:14:48 AM

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