ERIC Number: ED260455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-1
Reference Count: 0
Measuring the Measurements: A Study of Evaluation of Writing: An Annotated Bibliography.
Scherer, Darlene Lienau
Intended to make the educational community aware of how research has defined acceptable practice in writing assessment, this annotated bibliography examines research about writing evaluation. Divided into five sections, the first section of the bibliography surveys some psychological and linguistic studies of the development of students' writing skills. The second section presents studies that describe methods of writing evaluation used in large-scale writing assessments. The focus of the third section is on research analyzing the writing task given to students in writing tests, with specific attention to the way the task was worded, the amount of explanatory information included in the task, the audience to which the writing was addressed, the mode of writing the student was asked to produce, and the method of presentation of the writing job to the students. The fourth section presents studies analyzing factors that produce bias in evaluators of writing, including characteristics found in the writing samples as well as characteristics found in the writers. Finally, the fifth section surveys research about grading methodology or response criteria, beginning with an analysis of experts' suggestions for organizing the grading process, and proceeding to studies comparing the direct and indirect methods of evaluation. The bibliography concludes with a summary of the research. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Research
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Note: Exit project, Indiana University.