To Grade or Not to Grade Argumentative Essay

This paper examines an article, "To Grade or Not to Grade," by David F. Noble, which discusses the issue of grading.
# 118938 | 808 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | SG
Published on Mar 17, 2010 in Education (Teaching Methods)

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This argumentative essay examines an article that discusses the practical applications and effects of grading on the student. The paper discusses the author's view that grades are serving the wrong purpose and are ultimately counter intuitive. The paper also examines reasons why the author feels grading should be abolished.

From the Paper:

"To begin with, Noble reasons that grades have been serving the wrong purpose. Teachers can exploit the grading system by using grades as a facade to mask their inadequacies, if any. However, this is not the case. Grades can actually be a way of assessing how capable the teacher is; studies have shown that good teaching often leads to an overall improvement in students' results (S. Paul Wright, 1997). Poor results on the other hand reflect badly on teachers; no matter how unintelligent or unmotivated a student is, the teacher has to be partially responsible for his performance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Assesment Reform Group. (2006). The role of teachers in the assessment of learning. Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Dave Hodges, N. B. (2003). Business Graduate Competencies: Employers' Views on Importance and Performance. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education , 16-22.
  • John D. Krumboltz, C. J. (1996). Competitive Grading Sabotages Good Teaching. Phi Delta Kappan , 78, 324-326.
  • S. Paul Wright, S. P. (1997). Teacher and Classroom Context Effects on Student. Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education 11 , 57-67.

Cite this Argumentative Essay:

APA Format

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MLA Format

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