ERIC Number: ED317586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Computer-Assisted Writing Skill Assessment Using WordMAP (TM).
Breland, Hunter M.; Lytle, Eldon G.
The utility of computer analysis in the assessment of written products was studied using the WordMAP software package. Data were collected for 92 college freshmen, using: (1) the Test of Standard Written English (TSWE); (2) the English Composition Test of the College Board; (3) verbal and mathematical Scholastic Aptitude Tests; (4) two narrative essays; (5) two expository essays; and (6) two persuasive essays. The variables analyzed by WordMAP were used to predict the score on a single essay and a combined score for the other five essays that three human readers would give. In either situation, the computer could predict the reader's score reasonably well. It is not likely that many institutions will choose to assess writing without using human readers, but the fact that assessment of writing skills can be enhanced through software analysis may make it possible to reduce the amount of labor required, perhaps by using only one reader instead of the two or three usually required. Computer analysis also makes possible a level of feedback to students and teachers that is not possible using human readers alone. Five tables contain data from the study. (SLD)
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