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Faculty Perceptions of Grades: Results from a National Survey of Economics Faculty

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  • Lester Hadsell

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    (State University of New York)

  • Raymond MacDermott

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    (Virginia Military Institute)

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    Results from a survey of U.S. economics faculty (816 responses) indicate the extent to which grades are emphasised in their classes. We measure learning- and grade-orientations and relate our findings to empirical research in economics and educational psychology. We find agreement among economics faculty on a broad range of grade-oriented attitudes and behaviours. We note differences between views of economics faculty and empirical research on several key topics. Free-form comments indicate a concern with grade distributions, the influence of grades on student evaluations of teaching, and grade inflation.

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    Article provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 16-35

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    Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:11:y:2012:i:1:p:16-35

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