The Handbook for Economics Lecturers

6. Evaluating Student Projects

The most common form of evaluation is summative, used to judge performance and provide grades. In addition, formative evaluation can be used to support students’ learning. Most evaluation instruments such as quizzes and examinations are summative whereas active learning techniques such as experiments and cooperative learning tend to be formative. The remainder of this section will highlight some key points to consider in developing criteria and processes for three dimensions of evaluation. It is critical that instructors develop formative and summative evaluation practices at three levels:

  • research skills,
  • economic analysis skills, and
  • communication skills.