Wharton School of Business professor Adam Grant no longer grades his students on a curve—an evaluation method that pits students against one another, since only a certain number can get A’s. Instead, he offers bonus points on exams if students who do not know an answer themselves can identify which students do know it.
Grant, an organizational psychologist who is also the author of the book Give and Take, based his new approach on research, specifically:
Grant wrote in The New York Times: “Essentially, I was trying to build a collaborative culture with a reward system where one person’s success benefited someone else. It was a small offering — two points on a 120-point exam — but it made a big difference. More students started studying together in small groups, then the groups started pooling their knowledge.”
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