Systematic review of grading practice: Is there evidence of grade inflation?

Donaldson, Jayne H and Gray, Morag (2012) Systematic review of grading practice: Is there evidence of grade inflation? Nurse Education in Practice, 12 (2). pp. 101-114. ISSN 1471 5953

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Systematic Review of Grading Practice: Is there evidence of grade inflation? This paper describes the outcomes of a systematic review of literature pertaining to the grading of practice within nursing, midwifery, medicine and allied health professions. From a total of 215 papers, 147 were included and data were extracted using a systematic data extraction tool. The focus of this paper relates to one of the emerging themes: the issue of grade inflation. The paper examines the grade inflation phenomenon: it discusses the reasons for grade inflation from a variety of perspectives. The paper reports on the suggestions made within the literature on how to control grade inflation, but these, the authors conclude, are not fully evaluated and should be adopted only where rigorous evaluation can carried out. It is imperative that evaluations include the usefulness, reliability and validity testing of rubrics or any other solutions to grade inflation that are adopted by clinicians and educators.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1471 5953
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nurse education; Grading; Practice; Grade inflation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610.7 Medical education, research & nursing > 610.73 Nursing
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Item ID: 5535
Depositing User: Dr Jayne Donaldson
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2012 15:45
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 16:18

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