Grade Inflation

A Crisis in College Education
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ISBN-13:
9780387001258
Erscheinungsdatum:
30.04.2003
Seiten:
262
Autor:
Valen E. Johnson
Gewicht:
599 g
Format:
242x163x25 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This book on the causes of grade inflation will be of interest to faculty in all disciplines.
The DUET Experiment.- Grades and Student Evaluations of Teaching.- DUET Analysis of Grades and SETs.- Validity of Student Evaluations of Teaching.- Grades and Student Course Selection.- Grading Equity.- Conclusions.
Grade inflation runs rampant at most colleges and universities, but faculty and administrators are seemingly unwilling to face the problem. This book explains why, exposing many of the misconceptions surrounding college grading. Based on historical research and the results of a yearlong, on-line course evaluation experiment conducted at Duke University during the 1998-1999 academic year, the effects of student grading on various educational processes, and their subsequent impact on student and faculty behavior, is examined. Principal conclusions of this investigation are that instructors' grading practices have a significant influence on end-of-course teaching evaluations, and that student expectations of grading practices play an important role in the courses that students decide to take. The latter effect has a serious impact on course enrollments in the natural sciences and mathematics, while the combination of both mean that faculty have an incentive to award high grades, and students have an incentive to choose courses with faculty who do. Grade inflation is the natural consequence of this incentive system. Material contained in this book is essential reading for anyone involved in efforts to reform our postsecondary educational system, or for those who simply wish to survive and prosper in it.

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