The Black Box of Student Evaluation: Course Participation

In N. Ebner, J. Coben & C. Honeyman (Eds.), Assessing our Students, Assessing Ourselves: Vol.3 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series. St Paul, MN: DRI Press, 2012

16 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2013

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Noam Ebner

Creighton University Graduate School - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Yael Efron

Zefat Academic College - School of Law; Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Hebrew University - Faculty of Law; University of Missouri

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Course participation is definitely at the "subjective" end of the subjective-to-objective scale of possible assessment methods. It may be surprising, therefore, that so subjective a measure is almost universally a part of negotiation teachers’ assessment methods. Ebner and Efron conclude, however, that just because a method is widely used does not mean it is used effectively. Indeed they find, in surveying colleagues, a startling vagueness at the heart of current use. Picking apart their own prior practice, they discover that they themselves have used course participation in grading in ways that do not survive close examination. From these discoveries they proceed to analyze problems that seem inherent in the method, some of which appear daunting. They modestly conclude that to define "best practices" would be premature. As a step toward greater intellectual rigor and future development, however, Ebner and Efron propose five questions which any teacher interested in rethinking the use of course participation might profitably ask.

Keywords: Negotiation, conflict dispute, resolution, teaching, pedagogy, subjective, formative, sumative, evaluation, assessment, course participation, student participation

Suggested Citation

Ebner, Noam and Efron, Yael, The Black Box of Student Evaluation: Course Participation (2012). In N. Ebner, J. Coben & C. Honeyman (Eds.), Assessing our Students, Assessing Ourselves: Vol.3 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series. St Paul, MN: DRI Press, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2294099

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