To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Methods of assessing students' learning in higher education: An analysis of Jordanian college and grading system

Mahmoud F. Alquraan (Al‐Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma'an, Jordan)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 13 July 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the assessment methods used in higher education to assess students' learning, and to investigate the effects of college and grading system on the used assessment methods.

Design/methodology/approach

This descriptive study investigates the assessment methods used by teachers in higher education to assess their students' learning outcomes. An instrument consisting of 15 items (each item is an assessment method) was distributed to 736 undergraduate students from four public universities in Jordan.

Findings

Findings show that traditional paper‐pencil test is the most common method that is used to assess learning in higher education. Results also show that teachers in colleges of science and engineering and colleges of nursing use different assessment methods to assess learning, besides traditional testing such as: real life tasks (authentic assessment), papers, and projects. Also, the results show that teachers use the same assessment methods to assess learning, despite the grading systems (letter or numbers) used at their institutes.

Research limitations/implications

The sample of the study was limited to undergraduate students and teachers' points of views about the frequent use of assessment methods were not studied.

Practical implications

Higher education institutes should encourage teachers to use new and modern assessment methods as well as traditional paper‐pencil testing, and study the reasons for not using these new methods.

Originality/value

The paper should alert the higher education institutes about the important of developing the assessment process, through knowing their students' points of view about the assessment methods. This will help to get students involved in the learning process.

Keywords

Citation

Alquraan, M.F. (2012), "Methods of assessing students' learning in higher education: An analysis of Jordanian college and grading system", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 124-133. https://doi.org/10.1108/17537981211251160

Publisher

:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited