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When students are allowed to choose: grading scale choices for degree projects
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS. The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. (Economics)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1692-8677
2018 (English)In: Studies in Higher Education, ISSN 0307-5079, E-ISSN 1470-174X, Vol. 43, no 11, p. 1993-2002Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper studies which grading systems students choose for their degree projects when they are given the choice. Furthermore, the motivational factors behind making this choice are investigated. Student record data and a survey of students conducting their degree projects are used to study whether students prefer the Pass/Fail or A-F grading scale for their degree projects. Data from study record transcripts show that 55% of students selected the Pass/Fail scale, whereas 45% opted for the A-F grading scale. The grade point average score among students choosing the Pass/Fail scale is somewhat higher compared to students who choose the A-F grading scale. Reduced stress associated with writing the degree project motivates those who choose the Pass/Fail grading scale. Enhanced motivation to do a good job on the thesis work and perceived good chances of receiving an A grade motivate students who choose the A-F grading scale.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 43, no 11, p. 1993-2002
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Degree project, grading scale, motivation, master’s thesis, grading
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-202368DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2017.1290062ISI: 000452401900015Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85013420720OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-202368DiVA, id: diva2:1076151
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