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ERIC Number: ED566476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3394-6107-6
Grade Inflation: Faculty Lived-Experiences and Perceptions
Schroeder, Nan
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
The research area of this study is the phenomenon of grade inflation in higher educational organizations. Using a qualitative phenomenological research design, seven faculty members from a higher educational organization were purposefully selected to participate in a semi-structured, face-to-face interview. The participants were of various ages, genders, and teaching experience. The goal of the interviews was to capture participants' lived-experiences when they encountered students who were unhappy with their grades and if this experience influenced grade inflation. The specific problem is inaccurate grade expectations of students that could link to aggressive student behavior, and the attitudes and values of faculty that could contribute to grade inflation. In addition, an inflated grade often falsely qualifies students for job preparedness, as some employers hire based on or in part on student scores. Previous research indicates that grade inflation has been escalating since the 1960s and has progressively continued. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to reveal the meaning of the phenomenon investigated and to assist faculty in becoming more aware of grade inflation. The situation of aggressive student behavior and faculty lived-experiences could exacerbate and support continued grade inflation. Based on the literature, beliefs, perceptions of the participants, and the results of this study, the researcher discovered that grade inflation does exist. Even though grade inflation is a topic not openly discussed or admitted it appears, based on the literature and results of the study, that this is an ongoing problem in education. Recommendations for future research would be to magnify this study to conduct a quantitative method to record a different set of research questions rather than concentrate on a phenomenological method of beliefs and perceptions. Another recommendation for future research would include a qualitative case study to explore the perceptions and experiences of faculty members at more than one educational organization. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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