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ERIC Number: ED455312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 15
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Perspective on Grade Assignment at East Africa's State Universities.
Takona, J. ole
This paper discusses approaches to grading students that are being used or could be used in state universities in East Africa. Grade assignment usually means that some kind of comparison is being made, whether with other students or established standards or based on improvement and ability. For the most part, university regulations encourage and provide for a uniform grading policy across faculties and departments, although in practice grading may vary by department or discipline and over time. Approaches that may be used include a distribution gap approach, grading on the curve, and a percent grading approach. A grading method that seems appropriate for many African universities with large course enrollments (100 students or more) is that of using group comparisons to provide a reference group representative of students typically enrolled in the course. In a majority of state universities in East Africa, it is not uncommon to find multisectional and team-taught courses. How an examiner assigns course grades in such a situation is an important consideration. To establish common grading components in each course section, agreement among lecturers and with the department should be reached at the beginning of a course. Examiners should compare their grade distributions with grade distributions for similar courses in the same department. (Contains 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa