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The Measurement of Achievement in Drawing: The Limitations of the Scale


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1913

An ideal scale or graded series of amounts of some one .quality allows easy and accurate comparison of anything to be measured with itself and consequent easy and accurate determination of the amount in the series which is the closest match to the thing to be measured. The limitations, in this respect, of our scale for measuring the merit of children's drawings are obvious. Suppose, for example, that we wish to measure the merit of each of Figs. 22, 23, 24 and 25. It is much harder to do this than it is to measure the merit of Fig. 26 or Fig.27, or Fig. 28. If we had in the scale a series of drawings of flowers of merit, 2.4, 3.9, 5.7, 6.5, 7.8, 8.6, 10.5, etc., a series of drawings of horses of merit 2.4, 3.9, 5.7, 6.5, 7.8, 8.6, 10.5, etc., a series of designs for book-covers of merit 2.4, 3.9, 5.7, 6.5, 7.8, 8.5, 10.5, etc., and a series of drawings of women of merit 2.4, 3.9, 5.7, 6.5, 7.8, 8.6, 10.5, etc., the scale would obviously be more useful to measure the merit of drawings of horses, book covers, flowers, and women than it now is.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 14 Number 5, 1913, p. 29-37
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10207, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:08:28 AM

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