Quote from scribblerrn
I agree with you to a point. I have 100 nursing students in one of my classes, and they had thee papers to write this semester. I graded all of them (even through I have two graduate assistants) because each paper is about 1-2 pages, which isn't so bad, and I wanted to be as consistent as possible and make sure they were doing it right.
However, the class I am describing above is again 100+ students and each paper is about 30 pages long (however, when you add the appendices which also need to be graded, you are looking at at least 100 pages) and to grade well takes at least 1 1/2 hours per paper. THERE IS NO WAY I could grade that many this late in the semester and keep up with my other classes. I spent four entire days of my break just grading these papers and doing basically nothing else as it was. Case studies are very long. And there are so many things we must look at, APA format, grammer, correct assessment and nursing dx, etc, etc, etc. The list goes on and on.
Actually, this class has one instructor that teaches the classroom portion, and then there are four other instructors who teach the clinical portion, so I am considered an instructor. And I have found that we were very consistent with our grading. There is a ruberic for grading the paper, which definately helped the consistency part. As I mentioned in the above posts, we passed out almost the same number of A's, B's, etc and my lowest and highest grades given were within 1-2 points of the other instructor's lowest and highest grade given.
At our facility at least, we are a very closely knit faculty who work well together and often collaborate. I've asked questions with my co-instructors reguarding the papers to make sure I wan't being "too picky" about how many points to take off. The students will still perceive unfairness because, frankly they like some of us more than others. Some of us are "fluffier" and they perceive we grade more easily than others. I am universally well-liked by my students, so they don't complain about how I grade, even though it is consistent with another professor who is not-so-liked whom the students perceive as a difficult grader. Sort of like the old saying, "You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar!"
Thank you for the clarification...you are right, there is no way you can go through all of that not be slapping yourself in the face to stay awake!
HMMMM...I'm picking my brain and thinking if I had a class of something that might be similar, b/c I had to write alot of long papers for my undergrad.
I did have a couple of professors that used graduate assistants to grade essays for tests and things (not the same...but this may give you an idea)...usually when they returned the papers back to the students, they told us openly, "I haven't graded all of them personally, but if anyone sees something anything that you have a question on, please schedule an appointment with me for a clarification."
You had to go to back to the professor with something concrete
...it couldn't be "why didn't I get more points?". they would refuse to address that....it had to be something like, "I felt I thoroughly explained a, b, c, d, and I have checked my references, and I don't know what more I could have elaborated on."
I think you are probably going to run into discrepancies with interpretation of adequate content, writing style, etc... b/c spelling, APA, etc...they are "big boys and girls" and should be able to look that up for themselves.
I thank God every day that when I was in high school, the APA thing was new when I was in the 9th grade...all of the English teachers decided that we were going to start writing APA before it became the standard. Every year, we had to write a term paper at least 15 pages for English. APA was 25% of your grade.
So by the time I got to college, I had written 4 APA papers and they were no big deal...and the Freshman whose schools didn't do it...were H-U-R-T-I-N-G.