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"Level of Effort" vs "Quality of Work" When Grading Tests @School

Posted Mar 26 2009 3:15pm
Students often confuse the level of effort with the quality of work. There is a mentality in students that ‘if I work hard, I deserve a high grade.'

The New York Times ran a report about a study where the lead author is Ellen Greenberger, called Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors.

The article focus on how students' opinion, differ with that of their teachers when grading tests. University of Maryland's Professor, Marshall Grossman stresses:

    “I tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, that they will earn a C,” he said. “That is the default grade. They see the default grade as an A.”

    A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that a third of students surveyed said that they expected B’s just for attending lectures, and 40 percent said they deserved a B for completing the required reading.

Hat tip to Dr. Delaney Kirk

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