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

by Edward L. Thorndike - 1914

To make the experiment of Problem IV still more instructive a teacher may measure his ability with another set of specimens of a different sort before and after the practice just described. I have provided two such sets-one a set of forty specimens of very small writing (72, 73, 74, etc.), the other, set of forty specimens of writing by children and adults mostly after the style of the Palmer System (501, 504 506, etc. These should be examined and rated by the scale (to a first decimal) just as directed on page 7, and the ratings entered in the appropriate places on the Record Sheets C and D after p. 12. The reader will not find the true values for any of these eighty specimens, as they have not been so standardized as yet. He will therefore enter his estimate itself not the difference between it and the true value. If he will then send the scoring sheet with these ratings to me (E. L Thorndike Teachers College, Columbia University, New York) I will later return this scoring sheet with the true ratings attached. He can thus measure the effect of the training in judging vertical and slant writings of ordinary size in improving his judgment of small-sized writing and writing of the Palmer style by comparing the sums of differences before and after the special practice with the 5, 8, 9, 22 series.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 15 Number 5, 1914, p. 8-8
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10248, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 1:43:21 PM

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