What Are We Thinking When We Grade Programs?

Publisher:
ACM
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
SIGCSE '13: 44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 2013, pp. 471 - 476
Issue Date:
2013-01
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Abstract: This paper reports on a mixed methods study which examines how four experienced instructors approached the grading of a programming problem. Two instructors used a detailed, analytic approach and two instructors employed a holistic approach. One instructor exhibited elements of a primary trait approach. Even though the four instructors used different grading scales and philosophies, their raw scores were highly correlated (Spearmanâs rho of .81) supporting the conclusion that experienced instructors usually agree on whether a program is âvery goodâ or âvery badâ. Clearly there is no single right way to grade programs. Further discourse should be encouraged for the benefit of both educators and students.
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