Maybe some of you are familiar with norm-referenced grading systems, however I wasn’t. In my country there is nothing similar at any educational level. If you don’t know about it here is a quick link:
Apparently this system is used commonly around the US in several universities, especially in Law and Medicine schools. I became familiar with the method because in one of my classes surprisingly enough there were some people advocating for the effectiveness of this method to identify the best students in a particular course.
My first thought was how this grading system can negatively affect the creation of a learning community. I don’t see how having students competing against each other to see who is the “best” student based on a grade can be beneficial for the learning environment.
We have discussed about how important is to create a learning community to generate knowledge and part of that is to be able to see other participants in the classroom as your allies. We need to be able to trust each other, to discuss interesting things, to critique each other, and even to have casual conversations about whatever is happening in our lives. That is how communities are build.
I don’t like the method! Is there anyone out there that may help me understand the benefit of this system? have any of you been graded with a system like that? how did you feel?