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Considering Class Participation in the Grading Process

Should educators standardize how much of the final grade accounts for class participation? Example, a course syllabus might state that class participation is worth 20% of the final grade regardless of Bloomâ??s levels of learning.
Personally, I would not standardize the grade for class participation.

Hereâ??s my rationale.
Bloom's taxonomy of higher order thinking skills include the 3 highest thinking levels: analysis, synthesis and evaluation. These 3 levels engage learners to critical and creative thinking.

Therefore, why would you standardize student participation? Should for example the 20% of the final grade allocated to student participation at the knowledge level be the same as in the 3 highest thinking levels: analysis, synthesis and evaluation no? I donâ??t think so.

Standardizing student participation as part of the final grade logically makes sense for ease of operation, but does not make sense if compared to blooms levels of learning. Instead, why not give a quiz or some other check on learning technique to see for example if students read the reading assignment or not?

Please back up your rationale (Whether you agree or disagree with standardizing class participation) with creatable references if possible.

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The question and subject is so critical and yet I agree, that it is totally subjective. The topic or class must have serious consideration. In some instances and schools, the mere fact that a student shows up can be a worthy issue. If a student isn't even in the class, they can't glean ANYTHING from the daily experience. This is especially applicable in failing schools. Contrarily, in very driven successful communities, where language development is keen, participation may be less of an issue, for personal growth. Further, class participation in math is hardly as important as it might be in a drama class.

The direction education is going leans toward individual planning, almost in the same context as IEPs. Due to so much failure in math and reading scores across the US, there has come a time when careful understanding of each child, how they learn and what is best for them is important. Those with well-developed social skills may ...

Solution Summary

Using many forms of analysis, including participation, for grading, is discussed.