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ERIC Number: ED528975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 112
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1246-1996-5
Grading Participation in College Courses: Instructor Attitudes and Practices
Rogers, Susan L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Albany
An exploratory study was launched to redress a gap in the literature that is expressed as an assumption that "most" college instructors grade participation in undergraduate courses. A sample of 521 instructors at a large, northeastern public university was surveyed to assess their attitudes and practices in grading participation in undergraduate courses of 50 students or less. A survey instrument was developed for the purpose of this study and subjected to principal components analysis, and this instrument yielded 7 subscales of acceptable reliability (Cronbach's alpha [greater than or equal to] 0.70). Results suggest that the majority of instructors across disciplines incorporate a "participation" factor into students' final course grades. A discriminant function analysis was performed to generate a function which may be used to predict the likelihood that an instructor will grade participation based upon his/her beliefs and attitudes, and the proposed model was found to be discriminating ([lambda](3) = 0.70, N = 258, p less than 0.001) with a moderate effect size. Implications and next steps are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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