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ERIC Number: EJ788882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Unbearable Importance of Grading
Parini, Jay
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n23 pA38 Feb 2008
Grading is one of the primary venues of teaching. In this article, the author shares his experience of grading papers. He alleges that the hardest papers to grade are those where nothing is really "wrong" with the prose or the argument, where everything is "sort of" correct but nothing is vivid, nothing quite original. Students must learn in time to internalize a teacher's voice, becoming their own editors. But there is no substitute for the one-on-one work that grading entails. He contends that in grading, in these acts of intelligent, sympathetic responsiveness, thoughtful critiques can teach students a great deal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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