Patton, M. A. (2000). The Importance of Being Flexible with Assignment Deadlines.

Patton, M. A. (2000). The Importance of Being Flexible with Assignment Deadlines. Higher Education in Europe, 25(3), 417–423. https://doi.org/10.1080/03797720020016042

“This article suggests ways in which course providers, by circumventing traditional academic policies and showing maximum flexibility and understanding to non-traditional students, can bring high-risk students long-term positive results …” (p 417)

“Some teachers and students feel that it is unfair to grant extensions to some students when other students have worked very hard to complete their assignments on time.” (p 419)

“Among other factors, strict academic policies regarding deadlines may affect quality of education. … reduce the quality of their completed assignments, even causing them to fail. … it is very likely that at the end they will have gaps in their knowledge of the subject, since they were selective in their reading. … The bottom line is that, as a result of strict academic policies, students may learn how to meet their deadlines, but their training may not be sufficiently satisfactory to enable them to qualify for employment or for promotion.” (p 420)

“In general, the findings indicated that when the tutor or grader was flexible with deadlines for assignment submission, more students completed their courses.” (p 421)

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