Resistance to Evaluation and Assessment of Higher Education Students: A Problem Solving Scenario and Approach


  • Nouha Taifi Industrial Engineering Department, Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs, Université Mohammed V, Agdal, Rabat, Morocco


Evidence-based research, Examination process, Students’ resistance to examination, Higher education.


Evaluations through written exams are one of the most important processes to move to other grades and levels of studies for students whether in primary, secondary of higher education education. It is important to understand the processes by which evaluation goes by in order to optimize it, improve it and engineer better of its systems. For this, the paper presents an interesting case study dealing with the aspects of the process of evaluation of students in undergraduate programs. The case presents some issues, occurring during examination phase, faced by both students and a teacher and the scenario leading to the resolution of these problems. The case study shows that during examination phase, there can be some resistance by the students to undergo examination and thus this issue has to be resolved. The results of this case study lead to the conclusions that this challenge of examination resistance can be resolved at the short-and long-term by the implication of both sides of the examination process; From one side, the students and their leader, and from the other side the administration and the teacher. The implications of the results are that motivation to success and awareness about the importance of examination are the two key success factors for the on-going process of an examination.

Author Biography

Nouha Taifi, Industrial Engineering Department, Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs, Université Mohammed V, Agdal, Rabat, Morocco

Nouha Taifi holds a PhD in ebusiness management,    eBusiness Management Section – Scuola Superiore ISUFI, University of Salento, Italy-2008, a Master of Science in Business and Economics, International University of Dalarna, Sweden -2005, and a Bachelor in Business Administration, University of AlAkhawayn , Ifrane, Morocco -2003.

She is Assistant Professor at the Industrial       Engineering Department, Mohammadia School of Engineering, University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco where she teaches courses on Innovation, Creativity and Change Management, and Process and Business       optimization and re-Engineering. She was a Researcher at the Center for Business Innovation, Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy with a focus on the strategic, technological and organizational aspects of the complex environments, and a post-doc researcher at cPDM laboratory-eBMS- University of Salento with a focus on the new product development process in the automotive and aerospace industries. Her main research interests are organizational structures and networks creation and management, information and communication technologies engineering and management, and competences development and management.

Prof. Taifi is an active member in the Academy of    Management since year 2007, member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Organizational Studies published by International Business Information Management Association since year 2010, and program and scientific committee member in TECH-EDUCATION international conferences organized by Open Knowledge Society since year 2010.





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How to Cite

Taifi, N. (2014). Resistance to Evaluation and Assessment of Higher Education Students: A Problem Solving Scenario and Approach. Asian Journal of Education and E-Learning, 2(1). Retrieved from