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


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1914

To improve the accuracy of our estimates of the quality of handwriting, we may use this same series of fifty specimens, (5, 8, 9, 11, 22............256) whose true values are known.1 These are to be used in this case as follows: Cut them out, write on the back of each its true value as given in the table on page 11. Take a specimen, examine it with the scale in view, and assign to it the value (to the first decimal, e.g., 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, etc., up to 18.0) which in your judgment it deserves. Then turn it over, note its true value, and enter on the Record Sheet B, in the column marked Differences Minus or Plus from True Values: First Round of Practice, the amount by which your estimate of its value differed from its true value. Use, , if you rated it too low, +, if you rated it too high Thus suppose that you rated Specimen 11 as 15 5. Its true value is 14.0 and you would enter +1.5 on the record sheet


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 15 Number 5, 1914, p. 7-7
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10247, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:13:32 AM

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