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


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1914

Copy the entries of column 4 of Record Sheet A in column 2 of Record Sheet B (under the heading “Value (0-18) assigned by the aid of the Thorndike Scale before special practice”). Find the differences between these values and the true values given on page 11. Enter these differences in column 3 of Record Sheet B. These differences are, it will be noted, the same as those of column 6 of Record Sheet A would be if divided by 5.5. That is, we have now changed to a scale of 0 to 18, instead of one of 0 to 99. All the further estimates of quality will be made in terms of this 0-18 scale. It is in almost every way preferable, and would have been used hitherto except for the unfortunate custom of calling a perfect product 100. This custom of marking within an artificial range of 0 to 100 is in almost every respect inferior to the custom of marking from 0 up in steps of some intelligible and objectively definable unit. The unit of the Thorndike Scale is one-tenth of the difference between the worst and the best writing found in a thousand pupils of grades 4 to 8.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 15 Number 5, 1914, p. 6-6
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10246, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 1:48:06 AM

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