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ERIC Number: ED136282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 212
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Objective Evaluation of English Composition.
St. Amant, Marjorie McGowan
This study analyzed current practices in teacher evaluation of English composition and attempted to establish a "fairer and faster" way of accomplishing such evaluation. Data were collected from departments of freshman English in Louisiana state colleges and universities, in order to form the basis of evaluation checklists from which behavioral objectives could be defined. These objectives, synthesized into the St. Amant Key for Evaluation of English Composition, were designed to promote a clearer understanding of problems relating to grammar, time, reliability, behavioral processes, and psychological effects of traditional evaluation of composition. Classroom teachers of English at the secondary and college levels participated in the study. Although definitive answers were not found for all of the investigation's questions, it was concluded that an objective scoring key for compositions should include criteria such as those set forth in the St. Amant Key, that most aspects of composition defined by the key were amenable to objective measurement, that stylistic and qualitative elements were most resistant to objective measurement, and that the St. Amant Key minimized subjectivity in grading. (Author/KS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College