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Book Chapter
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Author, Analytic
Bastick, Tony
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Department of Educational Studies
Title, Analytic
Alignment assessment: Battling grade inflation in the English speaking Caribbean
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Bastick,Tony; Ezenne, Austin
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Researching change in the Caribbean education : Curriculum, teaching and administration
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Refereed
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Department of Educational Studies, UWI
Date of Publication
2003
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277-296
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Abstract
Acknowledges the impact of traditional student evaluations of teaching on the devaluation of grade standards in North American Universities and warns that, as the English-speaking Caribbean adopts the US grading system, the same devaluation of standards is set to happen in the Caribbean, unless among other precautions, an alternative system for evaluating university teaching can be put in place. The paper then suggests an alignment method of using student evaluations of teaching that has been tested in the Caribbean, as a way of avoiding a similar devaluation of Caribbean degrees in universities that will use the common US GPA system. The paper also describes how the Alignment Method (i) decouples the assessment of teaching from the grading of students (ii) protects the lecturer from unrealistic student and institutional expectations and (iii) maintains high standards of teaching and learning whilst protecting the institution from grade inflation.....
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