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ERIC Number: EJ1001472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
To Grade or Not to Grade
Coffield, Frank
Adults Learning, v23 n4 p38-39 Sum 2012
In the four-plus years since the author retired, he has spoken about teaching and learning (T & L) at more than 65 further education colleges, sixth form colleges and conferences. Looking back over these occasions and the emails that he has received from tutors, the author realises that there is one topic more than any other that preoccupies staff, namely, the grading of lesson observations. The grading of lesson observations is a burning issue in further education. While tutors accept the need for accountability, grading lessons can undermine professional relationships and create a climate of fear in institutions, where even experienced staff can be reluctant to take risks in their teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom