Speed Marking: Can intuitive skill replace conscious analysis?

Denard Lynch


This paper discusses the results of an experiment to determine the efficacy and accuracy of evaluating report-based assignments using intuitive cues versus conscious analysis.
The experiment involves the evaluation of typewritten reports an average of four pages in length. A conscious analysis requiring twelve to fifteen minutes was performed on each report. The reports were also evaluated using an intuitive technique averaging three to four minutes each. After normalizing, the grades were compared. The data show a moderate correlation (r = .47) between the intuitive and analytical assessments.
The paper concludes that the while the efficiency is attractive, the accuracy is inadequate for practical application.
Future work could include an investigation to determine ways to “train” intuition by utilizing identifiable cues

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