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ERIC Number: EJ803634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1075-2935
The Effect of Variations in Handwriting and Print on Evaluation of Student Essays
Klein, Joseph; Taub, David
Assessing Writing, v10 n2 p134-148 2005
The variety of factors contributing to the quality of handwriting or print provides an opportunity to determine the extent to which teachers are influenced by the interaction between different bias elements during evaluation of examinations. Fifty-three teachers evaluated compositions that had been awarded grades of 80% by impartial experts. A comparison was made of scores assigned to essays containing a variety of biasing factors: legibility as opposed to illegibility, use of different writing tools, and employment of esthetic devices such as color or underlining. Findings: the hypothesis examined was supported, indicating that assessors cumulatively incorporated biases deemed pertinent and fair into the grade, and overlooked those considered irrelevant. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A