Applying Computerized Text Measurement Strategies from Project Essay Grade (PEG) to Military and Civilian Organizational Needs
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
Project Essay Grade (PEG), developed by E. Page (1968) uses computerized methodology to grade student writing. PEG can also be used to assess the quality of civilian and military writing products, such as regulations or instructional texts. Application of PEG offers the potential for enhancing government efforts to monitor writing quality and support human resource management functions. The conduct of writing itself may benefit from a variation of the PEG approach from performance feedback. PEG can be used to monitor various aspects of style, including: (1) eliminating bad construction; (2) avoiding compound constructions; (3) avoiding word-wasting idioms; (4) minimizing use of nominalizations; (5) encouraging the active voice; (6) emphasizing short sentences; (7) using familiar and concrete words; (8) being specific; (9) avoiding exaggeration; and (10) avoiding vagueness. PEG can also be used to improve writing content. Since PEG can be used in a Windows environment and can receive and transmit through the Internet, infrastructure, personnel, maintenance, and update costs should be minimal. (Contains nine references.) (SLD)
Hiller, J.H. (1998). Applying Computerized Text Measurement Strategies from Project Essay Grade (PEG) to Military and Civilian Organizational Needs. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1998.