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ERIC Number: EJ881563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
A Simple Alternative to Grading
Potts, Glenda
Inquiry, v15 n1 p29-42 2010
In this article, the author investigates whether an alternative grading system (contract grading) would yield the same final grades as traditional grading (letter grading), and whether or not it would be accepted by students. The author states that this study demonstrated that contract grading was widely, and for the most part, enthusiastically accepted by the majority of students. Their survey answers indicate that contract grading was less stressful for many of them, and that the revision process helped them to improve their writing skills. Contract grading also enabled students to write in a more relaxed atmosphere, increasing their confidence and encouraging them to take risks in their writing. The author added that an unexpected benefit was that contract grading was so much less time-consuming and stressful for her. Because decisions are minimal, she could concentrate on aiding the students in revision and improvement instead of wrangling over numerical decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia