ERIC Number: ED111465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec-20
Reference Count: 0
Revised System of Evaluation.
Emerson, George H.
Exclusive reliance on objective testing focuses students' attention too narrowly on memorization and rote answers to complex problems. Grades become supreme ends; learning, merely a by-product. Since students learn best when asked to verbalize, analyze, and synthesize their ideas, a grading system was implemented in a social science course at Miami-Dade Community College (Florida) which would encourage analysis and learning from different sources. Students could earn up to five points a week on objective tests, and up to four points a week on written reports. In addition to textbook assignments, students received lists of audio tapes, movies, television documentaries, and articles which could be reviewed. Grading of review was based on the extent the student wrote in his own words, the care he took in writing, and the way he related material to academic ideas and personal experience. Results of a questionnaire found student attitudes positive toward the course, the grading system, and especially toward the variety of ways points could be earned. Although care must be taken to insure the quality of the outside sources and the reports themselves, the new system adds flexibility to course curriculum, encourages optimism toward success in the course, and focuses attention on understanding rather than memorization of ideas. Extensive tables of data are appended. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University