A comparison of contract and traditional grading techniques for tenth grade consumer education students

This study was designed to measure and compare the results of two grading techniques, contract and traditional, in terms of learning achievement and attitude toward subject matter. Results of the research would be used to implement a more effective or alternate method of teaching to help satisfy individual learning differences. Students from two intact tenth grade consumer education classes at North Hollywood High School, Los Angeles Unified School District, were used in the study. Two units of instruction including both grading methods were utilized by the participants. Attitude surveys pre- and posttests were used to collect the data. Results of the research revealed that there were no significant differences in learning achievement or attitude using the two methods of grading. The data also revealed that both groups showed increases in knowledge gained, and that the contract grading method can be used with equal, or better results compared with traditional grading methods.

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