Communities and Collections

"Failure to assign failing grades": issues with grading the unsafe student

  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
  • In a grounded theory study examining the process of precepting an unsafe student, it was found that preceptors assigned passing grades to students who in fact should not have passed. Although preceptors perceived their role as gatekeepers for the profession, by not assigning failing grades to students who should not have passed a course, essentially they were abdicating their responsibility. Indeed, the simple act of assuming responsibility for precepting a student implies professional as well as pedagogical accountability.

  • Date created
  • Subjects / Keywords
  • Type of Item
    Article (Published)
  • DOI
  • License
    © 2008 Walter de Gruyter. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited. The final publication is available at
  • Language
  • Citation for previous publication
    • Luhanga F , Yonge OJ , & Myrick F. (2008). "Failure to assign failing grades": issues with grading the unsafe student. International journal of nursing education scholarship, 5(1), Article 8, 1-14. DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1366.