ERIC Number: ED065039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Evaluated and Non-Evaluated Higher Education.
Vernon, Walter M.; Ramseyer, Gary C.
In what is the only controlled experiment on the incentive value of letter grades in the university classroom, students were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions: conventional letter-grading, pass-fail, or nonevaluation. During the semester in which the experiment was conducted, the pass-fail students studied only 50% as much and achieved 89% as many correct answers on hourly examinations as did the conventional group. Nonevaluated students studied only 13% as much and achieved 63% as many correct answers on the hourly examinations as did the conventional group. The examination performances of the nonevaluated group (for whom attendance was required) and of the pass-fail group were relatively quite a bit higher than the study time percentages, a fact largely attributed to overlapping content of text and lectures. (Author/HS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Paper presented at meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 7, 1972