I've always had a problem with having anyone else than the instructor
grading papers or tests for any developmental level course (especially, but
for upper level courses as well).  The information one gains as an instructor
about the specific areas of difficulty any student might be having with
content.  When someone else grades papers, tests, etc., that "hands-on" is
lost -- a teaching/learning opportunity is lost.


Ken Gattis wrote:

> I think that many undergraduate students are certainly capable of grading
> freshman math, but what does that have to do with tutoring?  I have never
> heard of tutoring money being used for grading.  Grading is part of
> instruction and should be funded by the Math department.
> Kenneth W. Gattis
> Director, Undergraduate Tutorial Center
> 147 Leazar Hall, Box 7105
> North Carolina State University
> Raleigh, NC  27695
> (919) 515-5619
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> Hi! I've been a dedicated lurker on this list, just soaking up all the
> good
> info, but now I need some specific advice/information.  Do any of you
> who
> have math tutorial centers ever hire undergraduate students to grade
> the
> homework of their peers?  A member of our math dept. insists that it is
> common practice in math to have undergrads grade the homework for the
> freshman level math classes, and he convinced the Academic Dean that
> this
> should be funded through my tutoring budget last semester(when the dean
> was
> brand new), but the subject is up for consideration again for this
> semester.
> There's a lot of history behind this that I won't go into because it
> would
> make this message way too long, but this math professor and I have had
> a
> running disagreement for years about whether or not it's okay to have
> undergraduate tutors grade the homework of peers. This year he abandoned
> the
> pretense of having the tutors just tutor and actually wanted me to hire
> a
> student as a grader. I refused, he went to the dean, and the dean sided
> with
> him while assuring me that the issue would be "revisited".
> So, (sorry for the length!) I'm really looking for ammo to take to the
> dean
> proving that it is NOT common practice to have undergraduate graders
> for
> freshman math classes.
> Thanks in advance for your input!
> Deb
> Debra Bailin, Director of Student Academic Development
> Lyndon State College
> Lyndonville, VT 05851
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