by Kevin Currie-Knight
In this conversation, I talk with higher education anthropologist Susan Blum (Notre Dame) about her work on how students experience higher education. We also talk about an essay collection she recently edited called Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What To Do Instead (West Virginia University Press: 2020).
0:58 – How Students Navigate and Experience School. It Ain’t Pretty! 12:35 – Why Do So Many Students Treat School Like a Game? 23:55 – What Makes Grading So Problematic? Can We Motivate Students Without Grades? 36:43 – Ways Different Teachers (including Susan and Kevin) Have Backed Off of Grades in Their Classrooms 52:50 – How Could Teachers Start Moving Away From Grading?