A comparison of onscreen and paper-based marking in the Hong Kong public examination system

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Abstract

This paper describes a study comparing paper-based marking (PBM) and onscreen marking (OSM) in Hong Kong utilising English language essay scripts drawn from the live 2007 Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Year 11 English Language Writing Paper. In the study, 30 raters from the 2007 HKCEE Writing Paper marked on paper 100 scripts that they had marked on screen 9 months previously. Subsequent to the rating, they completed a questionnaire, from which it was concluded that, technologically, raters had no problems with OSM. Statistical results indicated no bias favouring either form of rating. Attitudinal differences surfaced, however, between new raters who had solely rated on screen as against veteran raters, whose previous rating experiences had only been with paper-based rating. The paper concludes with the prediction that as OSM becomes more prevalent, it will be accepted as the norm, with prejudice about fairness or convenience gradually fading. Copyright © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-263
JournalEducational Research and Evaluation
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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Coniam, D. (2009). A comparison of onscreen and paper-based marking in the Hong Kong public examination system. Educational Research and Evaluation, 15(3), 243-263. doi: 10.1080/13803610902972940

Keywords

  • Onscreen marking
  • English language
  • Essay marking