ERIC Number: ED256196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Testing and Grading: Faculty Practices and Opinions. Indiana Studies in Higher Education Monograph No. 51.
Chase, Clinton I.; Wakefield, Linda M.
Procedures used by 55 faculty in the evaluation of students in various academic areas in Indiana University were studied. The majority of respondents taught undergraduates, were male, and were experienced, full-time faculty. Business faculty used primarily essay tests and research papers, while physical science faculty used mostly objective tests, homework assignments, and research papers. In all of the other academic areas, a wide variety of products were considered when compiling grades. Fine arts faculty employed the widest variety of student products. Findings suggested the following: instructors felt that they adequately communicated the course objectives and the grading method to students; objective rather than subjective evaluation was preferred most by business and physical science faculty and least by humanities and fine arts faculty; faculty felt that the same products and standards should be used for all students in the class, while some faculty altered these requirements to accommodate minority and foreign students; and the more data-oriented disciplines preferred objective procedures. The grading questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing.