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ERIC Number: ED040185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 183
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The Development and Use of a Standardized Instrument for Measuring Composition Ability in Young Children (Grades Two and Three).
Biesbrock, Edieann Freeman
This project developed a standardized instrument of the product-scale class to measure the global quality of student compositions on a seven-point scale. Compositions produced under standardized conditions were compared to a series of reliable models chosen from samples of children's writing. The developed instrument was used to evaluate growth in composition ability; to examine possible relationships between growth and sex; and to compare global quality ratings with several syntactic measures, mental maturity scores, reading scores, chronological age, sex, and grade level. Reliability coefficients indicated that the test instrument was effective at the second and third grade levels. The growth rate measured in over 2000 students (grades two to four) indicated a steady increase in global essay quality; but the rate of growth was not related to sex. Reading scores and certain measures of syntactic maturity correlated highly with essay ratings of global quality. Mental maturity and chronological age did not reveal high correlation with the essay ratings. The combined mean essay rating of second and third grade girls was significantly higher than that of second and third grade boys, indicating that sex may be an important factor influencing test performance. (Author/LH)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia