ICT0331 – Grading Learning: An Educational Oxymoron?

  • Grades and numerical scores are omnipresent in the context of education. There has been a sustained controversy in the educational community about the effects of grading on learning (Guskey & Bailey, 2001; Linn & Miller, 2005). More and more educators claim that grades should be abolished, however, there are very few studies to back up this claim. At the same time there are practically no studies demonstrating a salutary effect of grades as a means to promote learning. Strong claims on both sides of the grading spectrum are based for the most part on speculation. In this session the best approaches to grading will be discussed, and current research into grades and their effects on student learning, performance, and noncognitive skills will be presented.

  • By the end of this course, participants will understand:

    • The purposes of grading and reporting
    • Standards-based reporting
    • Why do we assign grades to students' work and use report cards/
    • When NOT to grade and how to grade more effectively
    1. Discussion of the best approaches to grading
    2. Current research into grades
    3. Effects of grades on student learning, performance and non-cognitive skills
  • All Teachers
  • NIL
  • Date : 23 March 2018
    Time : 2.30pm to 5.30pm
    Venue : National Institute of Education

    Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • $33.10 for MOE participants and $241.75 for non-MOE participants (inclusive of GST and $1 copyright fee).

  • 9 March 2018
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    and Professional Learning
    National Institute of Education
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  • Ms Nadia Kamal
    Tel: 6790 3787
    (for enquiries on course administration)