Using multiple choice for in-class tests and final examinations

Kates, S 2009, 'Using multiple choice for in-class tests and final examinations', in John Lodewijks and Rod ODonnell (ed.) Enhancing the Effectiveness of Learning and Teaching in Economics. Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Teaching Economics Conference, University of Western Sydney, 28 September 2008, pp. 61-68.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Using multiple choice for in-class tests and final examinations
Author(s) Kates, S
Year 2009
Conference name 13th Australasian Teaching Economics Conference
Conference location University of Western Sydney
Conference dates 28 September 2008
Proceedings title Enhancing the Effectiveness of Learning and Teaching in Economics. Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Teaching Economics Conference
Editor(s) John Lodewijks and Rod ODonnell
Publisher University of Western Sydney
Place of publication Penrith South, NSW
Start page 61
End page 68
Total pages 8
Abstract Dissatisfaction with the use of multiple choice tests as a means of evaluating the comprehension of students led to experimentation with a hybrid form that combined multiple choice questions with written explanations for why the particular answer was chosen. A comparison of the multiple choice component of such tests with the written component shows not only a poor correlation between the two sets of results but what was more disturbing, a poor rank correlation. Combining the two forms of assessment was shown to be not only a more accurate means of judging the understanding of students but allowed tests to be set in ways which probed far more deeply into student abilities.
Subjects Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Copyright notice Copyright © 2009 School of Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney. Copyright of individual chapters remain with the respective authors.
ISBN 9781741081985
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