Breaking the curve - Why a straight-scale is appropriate in engineering courses

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Abstract

Several points related to curved grading scales based upon statistical assumptions are discussed. ABET accreditation requires that the students should be well versed in communication and teamwork skills when they graduate. A curved grading scale inherently sets up competition between classmates because any aid they give to another student may raise the class average, making it harder for them to receive a high grade. This sense of competition may prevent students from forming true collaborations on their team projects and may prevent them from learning how to effectively communicate. It is suggested that all engineering courses should be taught on straight scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Pages759-766
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Jun 16 2002Jun 19 2002

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Other2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, Que.
Period6/16/026/19/02

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Blowers, P. (2002). Breaking the curve - Why a straight-scale is appropriate in engineering courses. In ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 759-766)

Breaking the curve - Why a straight-scale is appropriate in engineering courses. / Blowers, Paul.

ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. 2002. p. 759-766.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Blowers, P 2002, Breaking the curve - Why a straight-scale is appropriate in engineering courses. in ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. pp. 759-766, 2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur, Montreal, Que., Canada, 6/16/02.
Blowers P. Breaking the curve - Why a straight-scale is appropriate in engineering courses. In ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. 2002. p. 759-766
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