Automated Essay Evaluation and the Teaching of Writing

Authored by: Norbert Elliot , Andrew Klobucar

Handbook of Automated Essay Evaluation

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9781848729957
eBook ISBN: 9780203122761
Adobe ISBN: 9781136334801


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The relationship between instruction and assessment has always been problematic. Framed as a struggle between the force of systems and integrity of individualism, writing assessment stands as a term symbolizing contested space. Research in writing assessment operates on a continuum between nomothetic span and idiographic representation (Borsboom, 2005; Embretson, 1983). In one tradition, the field seeks information about the performance of entire populations (National Center for Education Statistics, 2012); in another, investigation of individual student ability is the proper assessment aim (Sternglass, 1997).

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