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ERIC Number: EJ907771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
The Validity of Using Verbal Protocol Analysis to Investigate the Processes Involved in Examination Marking
Crisp, Victoria
Research in Education, v79 n1 p1-12 May 2008
This article investigates whether verbal protocol analysis is a sound methodology in the context of researching examination marking processes. As part of a larger study, six examiners marked fifty scripts at home and some further scripts during meetings (some silently and some whilst thinking aloud) for two A level examinations. Some scripts were duplicated between home and silent marking at the meeting and between home and think-aloud marking. Examiners were also interviewed. Thinking aloud did not result in significantly greater mark-to-remark differences than normal marking for either examination. Examiners often felt thinking aloud did not affect their marking, although there was some indication that it might reduce available working memory capacity when marking essays. There was no clear evidence that the nature of marking processes was qualitatively affected. The findings help to confirm that verbal protocol analysis is a sound research methodology in this context. (Contains 1 table, 4 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom