When Grading Papers, Red Ink May Mean Lower Scores

A study in the European Journal of Social Psychology suggests the use of red pens may make teachers more likely to spot errors on tests and to be more critical when grading essays. “Despite teachers’ efforts to free themselves from extraneous influences while grading,” write California State University Northridge psychologist Abraham Rutchick, Tufts University psychologist Michael Slepian and Bennett Ferris of Phillips Exeter Academy, “the very act of picking up a red pen can bias their evaluations.”

- Tom Jacobs

  1. nylak22 reblogged this from geofaultline
  2. geofaultline reblogged this from iamlittlei and added:
    Interesting. I like green better than red…
  3. briteboy89 reblogged this from adiemtocarpe and added:
    That’s why I use purple or blue.
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  5. sarrupysweet reblogged this from adiemtocarpe and added:
    I use green pretty regularly. Green is the color of hope. :)
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    Orange is the color of warmth and optimism… maybe an orange sharpie…
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  9. hisnamewasbeanni reblogged this from iamlittlei and added:
    Good, I’ll be sure to use more red then. Because anything else means I’m MISSING mistakes. And that’s no good for...
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  11. learn2teach-teach2learn reblogged this from iamlittlei and added:
    http://learn2teach-teach2learm.tumblr.com/post/34788923064/rethinking-red-and-directing I wrote a post about this a few...
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