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ERIC Number: EJ1055098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
Professionalism Marks vs. Participation Marks: Transforming the University Experience
Wells, Elizabeth A.
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v1 p115-118 2008
As well as content, what are we teaching our students and what opportunities can we take to influence their current and future success as graduate students, professionals, and contributors to a wider society? One thing we can teach them is a sense of professionalism; however, that is defined in different disciplines and varying career paths. By substituting for the often vaguely-defined "participation" component of a grade a "professionalism" mark, a place is created for students to learn and exercise mature approaches to their work and their roles within the university. Presented as a proactive and positive element within the student's control, instead of a punitive grade component, the professionalism mark can result in dramatic changes in class behaviour, participation, attitudes, accountability, and self-motivation. The following scenarios outline different situations, which may ring true to a number of instructors and which professionalism marks might address.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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