ERIC Number: EJ718845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 16
Plus/Minus Grading and Motivation: An Empirical Study of Student Choice and Performance
Mcclure, James E.; Spector, Lee C.
Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, v30 n6 p571-579 Dec 2005
This paper considers whether student motivation might be impacted by the replacement of a straight (A, B, C, D, F) grading system with a plus/minus system (A, A?, B+ D?, F). The data that are examined are from several undergraduate economics classes at a mid-sized midwestern university in the United States. The data includes student characteristics, student performance and students choices of either a plus/minus or a straight grading system. In this admittedly small-scale study students, who chose plus/minus grading, were not significantly more motivated than students who opted for straight grading. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Grading, College Students, Economics Education, Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States