College News and Departmenal Notes: Elementary Education
by Departmental notes - 1919
The department of elementary education has been making the measurement of instruction one of its main lines of study during the present year. Teachers and educators in general have always believed in and practiced the measurement of instruction, but the unreliability of the instruments used and the results obtained in the past have been the cause for skepticism and discouragement. The recent work of Professor Thorndike and others has given to educational measurement a scientific method and the possibilities of reliable instruments and results. The department of elementary education and its students are engaged in studies and experiments which show, increasingly, the uses and value of reliable measurements in elementary education, as well as the need for the further development of standardized tests and scales. At present, one group of workers is at work upon the measurement of oral English and another is attempting to devise a satisfactory method of measuring the growth of pupils in initiative.
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