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Publications [#47872] of Omari H. Swinton

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  1. Omari H. Swinton, The Effects of Effort Grading on Learning (June, 2006)
    (last updated on 2006/11/09)

    In the Fall of 2004, Benedict College—a Historically Black College in Columbia (SC)–began enforcing a new grading policy called Success Equals Effort. Under this new policy, students taking freshman and sophomore level courses are assigned grades that explicitly reward not only content learning (“knowledge” grade) but also measures of effort (“effort” grade). This paper examines the effects of effort grading through two stage least squares and fixed effect estimates. I find evidence of a strong positive correlation of “effort” grade and the “knowledge” grade. Under some restrictions this relationship can be interpreted as “effort” producing “knowledge”.

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