ERIC Number: ED155199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Study to Determine Through Content Analysis Selected Criteria for Open-End Examinations.
McNally, Elaine F.
Content analysis was used to determine the evaluation criteria of high school and college teachers and college seniors in grading essay tests. Content analysis is defined as a way of asking a fixed set of questions unfalteringly of all of a predetermined body of writings, in such a way as to produce quantitative results. Four reponses to a college-level essay examination were sent to a sample of college teachers, secondary school teachers, and college seniors. The repondents graded the essays and wrote reasons for their grades; each essay received grades of A, B, C, D, or F. The ability to answer the question and to exemplify ideas were the two most commonly given criteria related to grading decisions. Other criteria included: organization of content, use of logic, correctness, and proficiency in the mechanics of writing. The four essays used, the survey questionnaires completed by the graders, and the resulting responses are included. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)