ERIC Number: ED049712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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Transferability of Graduate Work Graded according to Mastery. A Survey of Selected Graduate Faculty and Institutions.
Stout State Univ., Menomonie, WI. Graduate School.
The Graduate College at Stout State University is considering an option to the present A-F grading system called "Mastery Grading," based on a concept called "teaching for mastery." This involves carefully defining each course in terms of the specific competencies which the student is expected to develop as a result of instruction. Mastery grading is accomplished through evaluation devices which require the student to exhibit behavior that demonstrates he possesses the competencies. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which courses taught and graded according to the mastery concept would be accepted by other universities where Stout students might transfer credits or pursue further work. Sixty-two questionnaires were sent to individuals in charge of programs in audio-visual education, guidance, school psychology, industrial education, home economics, vocational education, clothing and textiles, and food service and nutrition at 40 institutions, of whom 47 responded. Questions were asked regarding (1) the probable institution policy with regard to transfer of graduate credit where a grade of "M" (mastery) was awarded; (2) the institution's likely policy with regard to allowing students with a master's degree, obtained in a program which was graded "M", to pursue a specialist or doctoral degree program; and (3) the individual's professional opinion about the concept of mastery grading in graduate courses. The results indicated that there would be relatively little difficulty for students graded with "M's" in transfering to other institutions. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Stout State Univ., Menomonie, WI. Graduate School.