Grading Standards in Education Departments at Universities
AbstractThis paper documents a startling difference in the grading standards between education departments and other academic departments at universities â€“ undergraduate students in education classes receive significantly higher grades than students in all other classes. This phenomenon cannot be explained by differences in student quality or structural differences across departments (i.e., differences in class sizes). Drawing on evidence from the economics literature, the differences in grading standards between education and non-education departments imply that undergraduate education majors, the majority of whom become teachers, supply substantially less effort in college than non-education majors. If the grading standards in education departments were brought in line with those of other major academic departments, student effort would be expected to increase by at least 10-16 percent.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 1002.
Length: 27 pgs.
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2010
Date of revision: 13 Jun 2011
Grading Standards; Grade Inflation; Grading Standards in Departments of Education; Teacher Training;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-04-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2010-04-17 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2010-04-17 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-SOG-2010-04-17 (Sociology of Economics)
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