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ERIC Number: ED050094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 144
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Applying and Exploring the Diederich Method for Measuring Growth in Writing Ability in a High School (Vinton).
Martin, Walter Don
This study attempted (1) to test the efficiency, simplicity, and experimental power of Paul Diederich's Method for measuring growth in writing ability, a method which allows for the cooperative evaluation of student writing using local criteria, and (2) to use this Method to measure both writing ability and grading consistency in a specific situation. Under controlled conditions, 452 students in grades 9-12 in Vinton, Iowa, were ability-grouped and asked to write in-class papers on the same topic. The compositions were randomly assigned to seven teachers who, following the Diederich grading procedure, separated the papers into three precisely proportioned categories of general merit--25% of the papers in the High category, 50% in the Middle, and 25% in the Low. All of the compositions were then packeted in groups of four papers representing the three classifications to be evaluated again by 113 other students. The findings were analyzed, and, although the teachers and students involved in grading did not agree with each other on what constituted good writing, results similar to the findings of other experiments with the Diederich Method were generally substantiated, proving the Diederich Method to be an efficient tool for measuring growth in writing ability. (Author/JB)
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Identifiers: Diederich Rating Scale for Essays
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Iowa