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ERIC Number: EJ876322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0790
Judging the Grade: Exploring the Judgement Processes Involved in Examination Grading Decisions
Crisp, Victoria
Evaluation & Research in Education, v23 n1 p19-35 Mar 2010
Examiners' grading judgements are central to the maintenance of examination standards. This research investigated the judgement processes underpinning examination grading. Operating under a think aloud protocol, six examiners conducted a grading exercise for each of two geography A level examinations. They also "thought aloud" whilst marking some exam scripts to provide comparison and were interviewed about their grading judgements. Transcribed audio-recordings were coded and analysis identified the behaviours involved in the process of script scrutiny for grading. Unsurprisingly, many behaviours were much less frequent in grading than in marking although there were some exceptions. For example, examiners compared student work with previously seen work just as frequently during grading as during marking. Additional analysis of the exam questions attended to during script scrutiny found that novice graders were more strongly guided than experienced graders by advice on which questions to focus on. These findings further our understanding of this important process in assessment. (Contains 2 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom