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ERIC Number: ED257096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
International Study of Written Composition.
Takala, Sauli; Vahapassi, Anneli
Fifteen member countries of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) collaborated on a project that had four aims: (1) to contribute to the conceptualization of the domain of writing, (2) to develop an internationally appropriate set of writing tasks and a system for assessing compositions, (3) to describe recent developments and the current state of instruction in written composition, and (4) to identify factors that explain differences and patterns in the performance of written composition. A set of writing tasks was presented in each country to one or more of the following population groups: (1) the end of primary education (Population A), (2) the end of compulsory education (Population B), and (3) the preuniversity year (Population C). The recommended sample sizes were 50 classes for Populations A and C, and 100 classes for Population B. Problems relating to the construction of writing tasks, the allocation of writing tasks, and the scoring of student scripts were addressed. The most appropriate scoring system combined a holistic, overall-impression marking and an analytical marking. It was concluded that in spite of a great effort the scoring metric was too elastic to allow robust cross-national comparisons of scores on any one task or group of tasks. A sample scoring sheet, tables, and diagrams are included. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A