ERIC Number: ED175330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Assessment of Class Participation in the University of New South Wales Law School. TERC Research and Development Paper No. 45.
Data resulting from staff interviews and a student questionnaire on assessment of class participation in the University of New South Wales Law School is presented and discussed. Courses at the law school are based on the discussion method of teaching, and evaluation of class discussion has become an important assessment procedure. Twelve of the law school's 59 professors were interviewed. The questionnaire was completed by 390 students, representing 37 percent of the enrolled students. Major reasons given by the professors for assessing class participation, procedures used in the assessment, and problems encountered by the professors in assessing class participation are presented and analyzed. Student opinions with regard to whether class participation should be assessed, the undesirable effects of the assessment, and methods to be used for assessment of class participation are presented and discussed. In general, both staff and students agreed that class participation should be assessed, although most lecturers stated that this form of assessment should not be compulsory for all courses and classes. A copy of the student questionnaire is appended. (SC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). Tertiary Education Research Centre.