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Teachers' Estimates of the Quality of Specimens of Handwriting: Problem I


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1914

For a teacher to discover just how accurate his present unaided judgment of the quality of handwriting is. In order to enable a teacher to discover how good or bad his present judgment of handwriting is. I have arranged the following experiment. Call a practically perfect specimen of handwriting 99, and a handwriting of which no single letter can be read (like Fig. 2, page 4) zero. Examine the fifty specimens 5, 8, 9, 11, 22, 25,............ 256 (after page 8), and give each the grade between 0 and 99 that you think it deserves without consulting anything in the way of aids. Enter these grades on Record Sheet A after p. 4 (which may be cut out to be so used) or on a copy of it, in the column headed “value assigned by unaided judgment.” When all fifty have been so graded and entered, turn to Table I, page 11, and enter on your record sheet the differences between your grade and the true grades there assigned, using a minus sign when your grade is below the true grade, and a plus sign when your grade is above the true grade. Add the amounts of the minus differences. Add the amounts of the plus differences. Add the two sums so obtained, regardless of signs (i.e., 124.13 minus diffs. and 162.26 plus diffs. are to give 386.39, not 38.13).


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 15 Number 5, 1914, p. 3-4
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10244, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 1:58:33 PM

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