Grading systems, features of assessment and students' approaches to learning
2009 (English)In: Teaching in Higher Education, ISSN 1356-2517, Vol. 14, no 2, 185-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Bologna process aims at harmonising the higher education systems in the Europe. One of the most important tools proposed for such a purpose is the European Credit Transfer System. A significant element of this system is a common seven-step grading scale. It has previously been shown that assessment characteristics impact on students' approaches to learning. Furthermore, there is also empirical evidence that judgement criteria have an effect on students' learning. The focus of this article is on the relationships between grading systems, assessment characteristics and students' learning. Empirical evidence from a Swedish survey study indicates that multi-step grading scales may have detrimental repercussions on the nature of the assessment tasks and thereby indirectly on the students' approaches to learning. We suggest that the effects of grading systems need to be considered in the current discussion in order to support quality in learning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 14, no 2, 185-194 p.
ECTS, grading system, assessment, Bologna process
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17666DOI: 10.1080/13562510902757260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17666DiVA: diva2:211114
This is an electronic version of an article published in:Lars Owe Dahlgren , Andreas Fejes, Madeleine Abrandt-Dahlgren and Nils Trowald, Grading systems, features of assessment and students' approaches to learning, 2009, Teaching in Higher Education, (14), 2, 185-194.Teaching in Higher Education is available online at informaworldTM: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562510902757260Copyright: Taylor & Francishttp://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/default.asp2009-04-082009-04-082013-09-03Bibliographically approved