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Topic: group projects
Replies: 10   Last Post: Mar 30, 1995 4:58 PM

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Tad Watanabe

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Re: group projects
Posted: Mar 30, 1995 11:57 AM
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On Thu, 30 Mar 1995, Eileen Abrahamson wrote:
> The small "teacher as researcher" experiment that I have been conducting
> regarding grades in this classroom has demonstrated that grades are
> actually inhibitors of learning.(I realize that this is a narrow sample,
> but would be interested in some serious research that studies the effect of
> grade on student initiative and learning.)

I agree with you, Eileen. I think what you are finding out is true
(maybe even more so) in college level. I sometime wish we did not have
grades in elementary math methods courses I teach. Too many students are
concerned about their grades, not their learning, and I can't really
blame them either when they have a gpa requirement for student teaching
etc. hanging over their heads.

> Perhaps grading is not an appropriate discussion for this forum, however, I
> am increasingly aware, that we are continuing a process of evaluating
> progress that actually appears to have no research to support its
> contentions that it increases student learning.

I think grading, as a part of assessment, is a perfect topic of
discussion, as we anticipate the release of Assessment Standards.

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