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ERIC Number: EJ891457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Does Study Abroad Grading Motivate Students?
Trooboff, Stevan; Cressey, William; Monty, Susan
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v10 p201-217 Fall 2004
Academic officers at U.S. colleges and universities face a number of important decisions regarding how credits and grades earned overseas as part of a study abroad program should be incorporated into students' home academic records. The purpose of this article is to take a closer look at the way grades are handled at home institutions and the way these practices relate to student motivation. It presents the results of a research study conducted at Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Study Centers during the Fall 2003 semester. The authors explore a widely-held belief that how grades are counted at home directly affects student performance abroad: that students whose institutions record grades earned abroad on the students' transcripts, and factor those grades into the cumulative grade point average (GPA), more diligently apply themselves to their coursework abroad. The study was conducted through an analysis of grades earned by students enrolled at CIEE study centers in Fall semester of 2003. The authors' research leads U.S. to conclude that grade recording policies can affect the overall motivation of some students. Specifically, recording students' grades on home transcripts can lead to higher motivation. However, including grades in a student's GPA does not seem to produce the desired result, and may even be counter-productive. Suggestions as to what the findings imply for institutional policies are presented. (Contains 11 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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