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Managing the grading paradox: Leveraging the power of choice in the classroom

Dobrow, Shoshana R. ORCID: 0000-0002-3068-0129, Smith, Wendy K. and Posner, Michael A. (2010) Managing the grading paradox: Leveraging the power of choice in the classroom. In: 70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010, 2010-08-06 - 2010-08-10, Montreal, QC, Canada.

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Identification Number: 10.5465/ambpp.2010.54492060


How can management educators cultivate students' interest in the MBA classroom? This challenge can be an uphill battle due to the ubiquitous presence of grades. Grades are meant to encourage interest, an important antecedent of learning, yet they often do just the opposite. The result is a grading paradox. We hypothesize that leveraging choice in the classroom can manage this grading paradox by increasing interest. In a field experiment in real-world MBA classrooms (n=91 students), we found that a choice intervention, the opportunity for students to allocate the weight of several course components toward their final course grade, was associated with higher levels of situational interest and subsequent interest. This study corroborates and extends previous laboratory-based research documenting the positive relationship between choice and interest, and offers a practical tool that management educators can use to influence interest.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Management
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2023 10:51
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2023 23:30

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