ERIC Number: ED200987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Predilection in the Assessment of Writing.
Dilworth, Collett B., Jr.
A study was conducted to examine how composition characteristics identified on the Diederich scale (ideas, organization, wording, flavor, usage/sentence structure, and punctuation) related to teacher evaluation of student writing. For each of three academic years, teaching assistants of freshman English were given typed, mimeographed copies of student essays to rate using a modified Diederich scale (without the spelling and handwriting sections). Over the three-year period, 60 teachers rated 13 essays, and the ratings were analyzed for patterns of preference among the teachers to identify high (liberal) and low (conservative) raters for each of the six items of the Diederich scale. Over three years, the only consistent, statistically significant pattern was for teachers who tended to rate "ideas" conservatively (preferring logical, analytical, relatively abstract essays) or liberally (preferring impressionistic, imagistic essays). In the second part of the study, two of the differentiating essays were rated by 14 full-time English department faculty members. The results supported the idea that evaluators are significantly influenced by predilections for either ratiocinative or impressionistic prose. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).