Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and what to Do Instead)

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Susan Debra Blum
West Virginia University Press, 2020 - Education - 274 pages

The moment is right for critical reflection on what has been assumed to be a core part of schooling. In Ungrading, fifteen educators write about their diverse experiences going gradeless. Some contributors are new to the practice and some have been engaging in it for decades. Some are in humanities and social sciences, some in STEM fields. Some are in higher education, but some are the K-12 pioneers who led the way. Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative.


Aaron Blackwelder

Susan D. Blum

Arthur Chiaravalli

Gary Chu

Cathy N. Davidson

Laura Gibbs

Christina Katopodis

Joy Kirr

Alfie Kohn

Christopher Riesbeck

Starr Sackstein

Marcus Schultz-Bergin

Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh

Jesse Stommel

John Warner

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About the author (2020)

Susan D. Blum is professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Her work on education builds on her academic specialties of linguistic, psychological, cultural, and educational anthropology. She is the author of My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture and "I Love Learning; I Hate School": An Anthropology of College, among other works.

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