Student # 22

1) Look at the student’s work.

Interstate Commerce Commission

The interstate commerce commission was was passed by congress in 1887. after western and southern farmers lobbied for railroad regulation went unheard and then merchants and shippers wanted the government to ensure them they would be treated fair by the rail companies, the icc was set up with 5 members that would investigate complaints of railroad misconduct and file law suits, this law forbade rebates and pooling. The ICC was the first of its kind on a Federal level.


2) Mark an X in the 1st column if you can answer any of these questions about this student’s work.



Did the student read and write the facts accurately? Can you prove it?



Did the student write in his own words? Or did the student do what The Bedford Handbook calls “unacceptable borrowing” or plagiarism? Can you prove it?



Did the student use facts not in the common source—or rely on memory or perhaps make up something? Can you prove it?



Did the student seem to understand the facts? Can you prove it?


3) Now click on the link to the right of this one. Using that link, compare the student’s work with the source that the student used. If your answer to a question above is different, mark an X in the 2nd column.








Part of the presentation Hidden Barriers to Critical Thinking: Assessment and Solutions

A & M Assessment Conference, February 2010

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