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ERIC Number: ED147812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 119
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A Study of the Effect of Selected Mechanical Errors on Teachers' Evaluation of the Non-Mechanical Aspects of Students' Writing.
Allen, Charles Lee
A sample of 412 secondary school English teachers from 42 schools participated in a study of the effect of selected mechanical errors on teachers' evaluations of nonmechanical aspects of students' writing. Three revised versions of a student's paragraph were prepared: in the first, all mechanical errors were removed; in the second, the student's original mechanical errors were retained and several additional ones were added; in the third, all mechanical errors were retained and syntactical patterns of a variety of nonstandard English were added by the investigator. The original and the three revised versions of the paragraph were assigned randomly to four groups of teachers, who were asked to evaluate the paragraph on a series of rating scales related to mechanical and nonmechanical aspects of the writing. There were no significant differences in the mean content ratings for the four versions of the writing sample nor between the ratings of junior and senior high school teachers. For all four versions of the writing sample, there were significant correlations between the total score and the subscores for both mechanics and content. (Author/AA)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Temple University