ERIC Number: ED034776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
An Experiment to Assess the Effectiveness of the Dictation Machine as an Aid to Teachers in Evaluation and Improvement of Student Composition. Final Report.
McGrew, Jean B.
Research on using a dictaphone for evaluation of student papers was carried out to test the technique's thoroughness, effectiveness, and capability for individualized instruction. Two classes, one an experimental and one a control group, from each of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 were used, and each student wrote nine papers. The papers of the control groups were evaluated by marginal comments, whereas the compositions of the experimental groups were evaluated with the aid of the dictating machine. The teacher's remarks were transcribed in duplicate; one copy was returned with the student's paper while one was retained by the teacher. The first and last papers of all groups were evaluated by a three-man team in terms of content, mechanics, diction, and expression. The experimental group was found to have made more improvement than the control group on 19 of 25 comparisons. The results, too indeterminate to indicate superiority for the experimental process, suggest that the experimental procedure has merit for improving composition and that further research over a longer period of time should be undertaken. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (LH)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Grading, Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Tape Recorders, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Lincoln Public Schools, NE.