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Education Ticker: Grades may discourage learning

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The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.

How much is that grade worth?

Behavioural economists studying how grades motivate students are finding that many value present rewards higher than future ones, discounting the A at the end of the term that is the result of steady effort over many months. One of the most interesting implications is that grading itself may interfere with learning: Attaching a grade to an assignment "sends a message that one is required," writes Rosyln Dakin.

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In spite of support from students, universities and the government, the concept of "quality assurance" is being questioned by a Quebec think tank. Measuring which degrees are marketable and lead to jobs can destroy the independence of universities, says a new study.

Will Queen's behave?

Queen's University has announced that it will reinstate Homecoming next October after cancelling it for the past four years as a result of arrests, uncontrollable street partying and medical emergencies caused by excessive drinking. Homecoming will now take place on two weekends on Oct. 4 – 6 and Oct. 18 – 20.

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