Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(4), pp. 099-106, July 2014
Manuscript Number: 0523014243
Traditional or Conveyor belt marking: Exploring the way forward at Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe
Lecturer, Department of Curriculum Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
Email: jrisiro @ gmail .com
The purpose of the study was to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the current traditional marking and explore possibilities and challenges of introducing conveyor belt marking at Great Zimbabwe University. Individual interviews were carried out for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Programmes. Lecturers who have been involved in conveyor belt marking were purposefully sampled to answer questionnaires. There are possibilities of introducing belt marking at the Institution. Students were more supportive of using belt marking unlike the Lecturers who pointed out too many challenges before implementing it. The challenges experienced in belt marking were organisational and management of the marking process. The solutions to the challenges involved identifying subject specialists across the University departments, staff recruitment and in service training for Staff. Departmental Chairpersons and Subject Coordinators across Faculties need to liaise with each other for the smooth running of the marking.
Keywords: Traditional marking; Conveyor belt marking; Marking reliability; Possibilities; Challenges.
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