Yeshiva University

Project Description

Grade Disputes: Applying Conflict Resolution Disputes to Academia

Project Abstract

Research has been directed about the connection between grades and attitudes in the K through 12th grades[1], but little research has been done about the attitudes. Grades and its ability to motivate center the discussion. Though much literature finds a connection between grades and later opportunity[2], such studies are being questioned due to lack of predictability found later on. The SAT�s, for instance, does little to accurately predict the grade performance of much incoming college freshmen[3], yet its importance is still a highlight to most college applications.

In the survey of grades, one area that is examined is the institutional viewpoint. Grades do not just reflect the student�s performance, but also the institutions. Too many A�s received might ruin the university�s larger standing in the academic profession[4]. Therefore, some restraints are placed on professors to ensure university integrity. The question of fairness towards the student is only examined by opinion pieces in the Chronicles of Higher Education, not in existence surveys. Is the movement towards curving grade a business decision than an academic one?

Finally, conflict resolution tends to be limited towards business and politics � civil or intrastate rivalry[5]. The other sphere of academics is left out of the discussion. One possible reason is the need and severity in the first two, but with the weight of studies in those fields, one can safely begin to extend the discipline to other areas.

Surveys released for this project:
Understanding Viewpoints in Grades and Attitudes 41
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