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Validation of a rating scale for distance education university student essays in a literature-based module

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dc.contributor.advisor Spencer, Brenda Ward-Cox, Maxine Welland 2020-12-02T14:50:19Z 2020-12-02T14:50:19Z 2020-01
dc.description.abstract This thesis reports on the findings of a study to validate an assessment scale for writing in an Open Distance Learning (ODL) context by first-year students in their responses to English literary texts. The study involved the interrogation of an existing scale, adapted from Jacobs et al. (1981), which was being used for the Foundations in English Literary Studies (ENG1501) module at the University of South Africa. Despite the credibility of the original scale, the modified version had been used in language- and literature-based courses in the English Studies Department since 1998 and had not been updated or empirically tested in the context of the target group. Thus, the gap that this current study addressed was the need for a valid rating scale that takes into account the complexities of literature teaching and ODL in the current South African university environment. This thesis includes a review of the debate on validity and the validation of rating scales both internationally and in South Africa, the ODL environment, and the assessment of assignments based on literary texts, particularly in the multicultural South African context. The methodology included research of both a quantitative and a qualitative nature. The outcome was an empirically-validated scale that should contribute to the quest for accuracy in assessing academic writing and meet the formative and summative assessment needs of the target group en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Validity en
dc.subject Validation en
dc.subject Assessment en
dc.subject Rating scale en
dc.subject Distance education en
dc.subject Open distance learning (ODL) en
dc.subject Open distance e-learning (ODeL) en
dc.subject Academic writing skills en
dc.subject South African students en
dc.subject.ddc 808.0428071168
dc.subject.lcsh Academic writing -- Ability testing -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- South Africa -- Foreign speakers -- Evaluation en
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- South Africa -- Evaluation en
dc.subject.lcsh Distance education -- South Africa -- Evaluation en
dc.title Validation of a rating scale for distance education university student essays in a literature-based module en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department English Studies en D. Litt. et Phil. (English)

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