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ERIC Number: EJ852713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Anonymous Examination Marking at University of Cape Town: The Quest for an "Agonising-Free Zone"
Shay, S.; Jones, B.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v20 n4 p528-546 2006
In 2003 the University of Cape Town introduced an anonymous examination policy. This article reports on a study of the impact of the implementation of this policy on student performance. Comparisons of student results pre- and post policy implementation showed no evidence of negative or positive discrimination of students in the examination marking. Interviews with course conveners suggested however, that, irrespective of the policy, markers infer student identity from examinations and that these inferences can influence their assessment. The most commonly cited example was "sympathetic marking", that is, assessors marking more generously if they infer a student to be educationally under-prepared. The article concludes that the implementation of this policy has had a limited impact on strengthening the validity of assessment results, but is likely to be retained given both staff and students' perceptions that the policy "objectifies" the marking process. (Contains 5 tables, 5 figures, and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa