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ERIC Number: ED246851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Computer Assisted System for Grading Papers.
Borchardt, Donald A.
A computer assisted system called PEERRATE was used in a theater history course at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in Newark, in fall 1980, in order to give students an opportunity to anonymously grade one another's written work and to compare their own ratings with those of fellow students and the instructor. The PEERRATE system is a fairly sophisticated program, written in FORTRAN, that mathematically eliminates rater biases and prints customized rating reports for individual students. It was used to complement a problem-solving class procedure in which students study aspects of theatre history by working in groups and discussing open-ended problems. PEERRATE was used to parallel a teaching strategy--guided design--in which group cooperation is emphasized. It was also used for grading and comparing grades for student reports. The program automatically produces a measure of each student's skill in rating. Part of the rating project involved discussion and agreement on criteria to use in writing the reports. The response to PEERRATE in theater history, psychology, English, composition, and graduate business courses has been generally positive. Using the system in theatre history was particularly helpful for giving students perspective on their own writing. Five references are listed. Tables show rating scales used, criteria definitions, a typical customized printout for an individual student, and achievement scores, rating qualities, and rater abilities in ascending order. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A