ERIC Number: ED127334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Liberal Grading Improves Evaluations But Not Performance.
Vasta, Ross; Sarmiento, Robert F.
Two grading distributions--a liberal and a more stringent curve--were compared between two sections of an undergraduate psychology course. The two classes were team taught and treated as similarly as possible. Four unit exams and an optional final were administered, with one section consistently receiving a more lenient grade distribution. No differences in exam performance or self-reports of study behavior and attendance occurred between groups. Student evaluations of course and instructors were significantly higher in the class receiving more liberal grading. The relationship of the results to previous findings are discussed with regard to methodology and implications. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)