The influence of student gender on the assessment of undergraduate student work

Birch, P. D. J., Batten, J. and Batey, J. (2016) The influence of student gender on the assessment of undergraduate student work. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41 (7). pp. 1065-1080. ISSN 0260-2938

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The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of perceived student gender on the feedback given to undergraduate student work. Participants (n = 12) were lecturers in higher education and were required to mark two undergraduate student essays. The first student essay that all participants marked was the control essay. Participants were informed that the control essay was written by Samuel Jones (a male student). Participants then marked the target essay. Although participants marked the same essay, half of the participants (n = 6) were informed that the student essay was written by Natasha Brown (a female student), while the remaining participants were informed that it was written by James Smith (a male student). In-text and end-of-text feedback were qualitatively analysed on six dimensions: academic style of writing; criticality; structure, fluency and cohesion; sources used; understanding/knowledge of the subject; and other. Analysis of feedback for both the control and target essay revealed no discernible differences in the number of comments (strengths of the essay, areas for improvement) made and the content and presentation of these comments between the two groups. Pedagogical implications pertaining to the potential impact of anonymous marking on feedback processes are discussed.

Publication Type: Articles
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Exercise Physiology
Depositing User: Phil Birch
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2018 12:01
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 09:56

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