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Cautions on the US Model of Assessment in Engineering and Science

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D Hoole ,

Department of Chemistry, Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050, US
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S Ratnajeevan H Hoole

Department of Chemistry, Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050, US
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Abstract

The US model of assessing students is increasingly widespread and is pushed through so called reform efforts. This model includes take-home exams, homework and group work where the independence of the student’s work cannot be authenticated and is bankrolled worldwide by agencies such as the World Bank and the ADB under US influence. This paper surveys the extensive literature on academic cheating dating from the 1960s, confirms through a survey that the prevalent situation is unchanged and explains how the model works in real life, to serve as a warning to systems that blindly emulate the US model of assessment. The particular applicability of these observations to science and engineering courses is noted.

Key words: Take-home exams; ethics; faculty assessments; curricular uniformity; grading

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/vingnanam.v10i1.4073

Ving. Journal of Science 2011, Vol. 10, No. 1, 8-18

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/vingnanam.v10i1.4073
How to Cite: Hoole, D. & Hoole, S.R.H., (2012). Cautions on the US Model of Assessment in Engineering and Science. Vingnanam Journal of Science. 10(1), pp.8–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/vingnanam.v10i1.4073
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Published on 06 Feb 2012.
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