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GRANERO MOLINA, José; FERNANDEZ SOLA, Cayetano  and  AGUILERA MANRIQUE, Gabriel. Assesment versus grading in the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA), an ethical-critical approach. Index Enferm [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.1, pp.37-41. ISSN 1699-5988.

The European Convergence process is a major change affecting most of European states, by introducing new elements in order to harmonize its policies. In terms of education, there are significant changes in educational systems, especially those concerning university studies. In this frame, new educational methodologies in nursing studies have started to develop through pilot experiences in different European universities. In this article, one of these particular experiences, developed by the University of Almería (Spain) is described, especially in terms of objectivity and considering exams as an exclusive assessment methodology. After an exhaustive review of this topic, and due to the unspecificity of reliable tools for assessing knowledge, as well as attitudes and skills, we propose an ethical-critical review of the assessment concept, from a practical rationality that goes far beyond positivist and utilitarian aspects.

Keywords : Teaching-learning; Assessment; Ethical dilemma; European Union directives.

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