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Grade inflation : academic standards in higher education

Author: Lester H Hunt
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book provides a provocative look at the issues and controversies surrounding grade inflation, and, more generally, grading practices in American higher education. The contributors confront the issues from a number of different disciplines and varying points of view. Topics explored include empirical evidence for and against the claim that there is a general upward trend in grading, whether grade inflation (if  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lester H Hunt
ISBN: 9780791474976 0791474976 9780791474983 0791474984
OCLC Number: 166317511
Description: xxiv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The dangerous myth of grade inflation / Alfie Kohn --
Undergraduate grades: a more complex story than "inflation" / Clifford Adelman --
Understanding grade inflation / Richard Kamber --
Grade inflation and grade variation: what's all the fuss about? / Harry Brighouse --
From here to equality: grading policies for egalitarians / Francis K. Schrag --
Grade "inflation" and the professionalism of the professoriate / Mary Biggs --
Fissures in the foundation: why grade conflation could happen / Mary Biggs --
Grading teachers: academic standards and student evaluations / Lester H. Hunt --
Combating grade inflation: obstacles and opportunities / Richard Kamber --
Grade distortion, bureaucracy, and obfuscation at the University of Alabama / David T. Beito and Charles W. Nuckolls --
Afterword: focusing on the big picture / Lester H. Hunt.
Responsibility: edited by Lester H. Hunt.
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"This book provides a provocative look at the issues and controversies surrounding grade inflation, and, more generally, grading practices in American higher education. The contributors confront the issues from a number of different disciplines and varying points of view. Topics explored include empirical evidence for and against the claim that there is a general upward trend in grading, whether grade inflation (if it exists) is a problem, which ethical considerations are relevant to grading, and whether heavy reliance on anonymous student evaluations of teaching excellence has a distorting effect on grading practices. Finally, the contributions offer contrasting perspectives on the prospects for reform."--BOOK JACKET.

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