Term paper assignments in undergraduate agricultural courses offer significant attributes as teaching and evaluation tools which are not provided by examinations, but they are also subject to some problems which examinations avoid. Such assignments provide an avenue for students to actively apply the subject matter of a course to an individual endeavor. Term papers can stimulate creativity and facilitate learning because they eliminate many of the pressures inherent in studying a subject in order to perform well on an examination. Students appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and talents outside the confines of traditional examinations, which characteristically require the mental regurgitation of selected facts judged important by the instructor.
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