Fairness in Assessing Group Projects: A Conceptual Framework for Higher Education

19 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2006

Date Written: January 2006


Group projects form a large and possibly growing component of the work undertaken for assessing students in higher education, and especially in post-graduate business education. Yet the assessments sources, methods and purposes result in an array of combinations that the literature fails to capture in its full complexity. Tutors may be able to assess the work of the group as well as they might the work of any individual. But grades - and degrees - are awarded to individuals. Writers on higher education speak of using self- and peer-assessment as a way of qualifying the evaluation of group work so as to differentiate between individuals. But these commonly used terms - drawn from approaches to assessing individual work - are ambiguous or even misleading in the context of group work. This paper proposes a framework for discussing the assessment of group projects in an effort to help identify how the benefits of group learning and be translated into fairer summative assessments.

Keywords: Group projects, group dynamics, group assessment, higher education, post-graduate assessment, fairness, business education

JEL Classification: A20, A22, A23, D70, I20, M00

Suggested Citation

Nordberg, Donald, Fairness in Assessing Group Projects: A Conceptual Framework for Higher Education (January 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=873605 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.873605

Donald Nordberg (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University ( email )

Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road,
Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

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