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TUESDAY, JULY 18, 1961

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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ENGLISH TEACHING:
Ideal Exam Needs Balance

By MICHAEL OLINICK
The ideal English examination
is out of the reach of the most
capable student, but still is able
to evoke something creative from
the slowest, Winifred L. Post be-
lieves.
Miss Post's conception of the
best possible exam stems from long
study in pre-testing, testing and
evaluating English tests as a
teacher at the Dana Hall School

(Wellesley, Mass.) and researcher
for groups like the College En-
trance Examination Board.
She related some of her ideas
yesterday to a group of English
teachers when she lectured on
"Towards Better Examinations."
Analyzes Exams
Specifically analyzing three dif-
ferent exams she helped develop,
Miss Post expressed satisfaction
with a test on Peter Viereck's

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"Vale from Carthage" she gave to
12th grade high school students
and college freshmen. "The right
people did exceedingly well and
the right people made a mess of
it."
Evaluating the responses of 1,-
200 freshmen - from Harvard,
Rutgers and Boston Colleges -
Miss Post, two college instructors
and a high school teacher found
answers to the Viereck test rang-
ing from the "superlative to the
abysmal."
The discovery of the right poem
to use in an examination is not
always an easy project, Miss Post
explained. "You have to deal with
the unwillingness of poets to lend
their creative energies to the
needs of an English exam."
Cites Qualifications
She cited four major qualifica-
tions the poem must have:
It must be short and concen-
trated;
-The teacher himself must like
and admire it;
-It must excite the students so
that they will be talking about it
after the exam, and
-It should strike "occasional
sparks" of insight even in medi-
ocre minds.
Miss Post suggested the use of
a short poem that has a single
crucial line. The teachers write an
alteration for it that would "ruin
the poem as effectively as possi-
ble" and asks her pupils to defend
or criticize the proposed changes.
Urges Balance
She urged her fellow teachers
to "hunt for a balance" between
an exam which is wide-open and
"free for all" and one which is
very specific.
The specific probings help to
combat the tendencies of many
students who want "to ride along
on the broad back of generality,"
but they may "pen up" the ex-
tremely able student, she said.
A few students can use the
freedom of "general" essay exam
with wisdom, and will not find
their inventiveness "throtled."
In framing exam questions,
watch out for ambigous terms, she
warned. "Whatever ambiguities;
creep into a test, you can count on
students to find them and use;
them to circumvent what you or-
iginally intended."

Cites Value 1ST To Investigate Means
Of Mixture Of SafeguardingAircraft
IThe University's Institute off
I s s Science and Technology has been
awarded an Air Force contract sTxes.
Schol dmiistatos wo ii~-for investigating ways of protect- Tecnrc xed o w
sthat tac s mrak chil n d ing aircraft and space vehicles years at the rate of $287,000. Un-
-a ,u der its provisions. IST's Counter-
S"standardized product"from measures Department will study
grade to grade are making a great advanced missiles which hunt out
mistake, Prof. Warran A. Ket- AILYtargets by following the infrared
cham of the education school said energy, or heat, which these tar-
yesterday. OFFICIALegeroucet hc teetr
Ketcham believes that children gets produce.
of varying ability must be taught BULLETIN A computer will be used to simu-
oem laynaies itdymsb da ghpracL TINlate attacks on space vehicles.
together. "The heart of the prob- -ate attacks on space _ehicles,
lem lies in the day by day prac-
tice of children and teacher liv- tContinued from Page 2)
ing and working together," he --__
said. "The child's main motiva- ditional information contact Mrs. A ) STORE FULL
tion comes from his environment." Flynn, SAB, NO 3-1511, Ext. 354'.
Prof. Ketcham believes the good PERSONNEL REQUESTS:
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source materials the child can Mich.-Graduate Social Workers to work
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THE FRENCH CLUB
presents
Three feature-length French Films
July 19, August 1, August 10
Undergraduate Library multi-purpose room
at 7:30 P.M.
MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE
in 2076 Frieze Bldg.--9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
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OF FASHION VALUES DURING
GAIN DAYS
AT

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WARRAN A. KETCHAM
. . varying ability
time schedules, ability grouping
promotion, grades and lockstep
class assignments will fail to
standardize school achievement.
"Each and all these things be-
long among the pipe dreams of
teachers, administrators and par-
ents," he says.

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retidence requirement waived. No clos-
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Please contact General Division of
Bureau of Appts., 3200 SAB, Ext. 3544
for further information.
Em pioymnen t
The following part-time jobs are
available. Applications can be made in
2200 SAB Monday through Friday, 8:00
a m, to 12:30 .p.m.
Employers desirous of hiring part-
time or temporary employes should con-
tact Jack Lardie at NO 3-1511, Ext.
3553.
Students desiring miscellaneous jobs
should consult the bulletin board in
Rm. 2200, daily.
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magazine, start September.
i-Married couple, no children, be-
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fast.
3 Slesmen, commission basis, must
have car.
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hour experiments.
3Sailesmen, selling magazine sub-
scriptions, commission basis.
FEMALE
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14--Psychological subjects, several one
hour experiments.
I-Married couple, no children, be-
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SAVE on these FINAL REDUCTIONS

Present Values, Challenges
Of Programmed Instruction

Prof. Finley Carpenter of the
education school said yesterdayj
teachers must learn about teach-
ing machines and programmed
learning so they can make intelli-
gent decisions about the use of
automatic techniques.
Addressing the 32nd annual
University Summer Education
Conference, he said, "If the teach-
er broadens his knowledge in his
own field and grows in critical
evaluation of its various aspects as
well as in its applications, he will
be versatile enough to meet the
challenge of the machine."
He believes the teacher should
also concentrate on methods of
applying such disciplines as psy-
chology and sociology to educa-
tion.
Real Challenge
Prof. Carpenter said the real
challenge to the teacher is learn-
ing to be an architect of teaching
methods rather than teaching by
"cookbook" formula or "by ear"
only.
Addressing the same group, John
Coulson, director of an automated
teaching project, discussed the use
of computers in group applications
of electronic machines for teach-
ing.

He said a computer-based in-
structional system offers impor-
tant advantages not found in sim-
pler devices to aid the learning
process.
He pointed out that a general
purpose digital computer can be
used not only for instruction, but
for many other tasks which other-
wise must be performed manually
or semi-automatically in an edu-
cational system.
Simultaneous Instruction
He said a system now under
construction will permit simul-
taneous instruction of 20 stu-
dents, each receiving completely
individualized sequences of ma-
terials.
"The same computer will also
permit teachers, counselors and
administrators to obtain at a mo-
ment's notice detailed data con-
cerning individual students and
groups of students," Coulson said.
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