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Taking a pass on assessment grades for a career focused tour of the Middle East

Hardy, Matthew and Totman, Sally 2021, Taking a pass on assessment grades for a career focused tour of the Middle East, Frontiers: the interdisciplinary journal of study abroad, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 148-167, doi: 10.36366/frontiers.v33i1.507.

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Title Taking a pass on assessment grades for a career focused tour of the Middle East
Author(s) Hardy, MatthewORCID iD for Hardy, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-3010-5386
Totman, SallyORCID iD for Totman, Sally orcid.org/0000-0003-0812-0106
Journal name Frontiers: the interdisciplinary journal of study abroad
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 148
End page 167
Total pages 20
Publisher Frontiers
Place of publication Carlisle, Pa.
Publication date 2021-02
ISSN 1085-4568
2380-8144
Keyword(s) Middle East
ungraded assessment
Study Tour
Career development
personal reflection
Specifications Grading
Summary The Middle East Study Tour (MEST) is a capstone elective unit that stands alone as a credit module towards an undergraduate degree. The tour has the dual purposes of exposing students to the Middle East region's political challenges and better illuminating potential career paths for life after university. But is one student's personal discovery (or their ability to express it in writing) more valuable than another's? Attaching a numerical grade to such endeavours would seem to indicate that. For this reason the MEST uses an 'Ungraded Pass' approach to the assessments. That is, the students pass the assignments (and the module) by submitting their work, but without any score being awarded. This article explains the mechanisms the MEST uses for assessment and how this aligns with the goal of the program to expose students to the real world of political struggles and career development.
Language eng
DOI 10.36366/frontiers.v33i1.507
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Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30148457

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