ERIC Number: ED230105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Essays. Teaching in Higher Education Series: 8. Suggestions for the Consideration of Lecturers and Others Concerned with Teaching in Higher Education.
Cockburn, Barbara; Ross, Alec
The use of essays in higher education is discussed. It is suggested that essays have two clear but always separate functions: a teaching-learning function and an assessment function. The assessment may be formal, as when essays are given a mark that contributes to the final classification, or informal, when the essay may not formally count but is part of the process whereby the tutor estimates the student's academic quality. Attention is also directed to the choice and timing of coursework essays, the phrasing and formulation of questions and titles, and practical criteria for use in determining how good a question is. A discussion on marking essays indicates the kind of simple systematic procedure for marking essays that can be used by the tutor who is too inexperienced to be able to mark each essay entirely by impression. Questions concerning standards for undergraduate essays that new examiners should consider before marking essays are posed, and the need to comment on students' essays is addressed. Some of the ways in which college teachers can give help are also briefly described. Examples of essay titles and examination questions, and a checklist for reviewing essay questions are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lancaster Univ. (England). School of Education.
Note: For related documents, see HE 016 159-167. Produced with the aid of a grant from the University Grants Committee.