Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Speedy marking, higher grades

Marking students' work more quickly might actually improve their grades. Researchers from the University of Alberta studied students giving a four-minute presentation to their classmates. The students were told when they would receive their marks and asked to predict their grades. The students who were told they would receive their marks earlier performed better but actually predicted their grades would be worse, suggesting that it was the fear factor of getting quick feedback that lay behind the improvement in marks.

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