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ERIC Number: EJ1086936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0316-1218
Special Consideration in Post-Secondary Institutions: Trends at a Canadian University
Zimmermann, Joelle; Kamenetsky, Stuart B.; Pongracic, Syb
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v45 n4 p261-282 2015
This study examined trends in the practice of granting special consideration for missed tests and late papers in colleges and universities. We analyzed a database of 4,183 special consideration requests at a large Canadian university between 1998 and 2008. Results show a growing rate of requests per enrolment between 2001 and 2007. Although university officials and faculty are concerned that request making is excessive, an in-depth investigation of request making by the number of requests per student, request rate by course difficulty, grade point average, and illness-related work absences in the general population fails to support suspicions of dishonest behaviour. Furthermore, demographic variables--aside from part-time versus full-time student status, and to a lesser degree socio-economic status--do not distinguish students who made frequent requests from those who made few. We discuss potential explanations for the increase in requests for special consideration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)