Using constructed-response and multiple-choice questions in undergraduate examinations

McElvaney, E. John 2010, Using constructed-response and multiple-choice questions in undergraduate examinations, World journal of management, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 98-106.

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Title Using constructed-response and multiple-choice questions in undergraduate examinations
Author(s) McElvaney, E. John
Journal name World journal of management
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 98
End page 106
Total pages 9
Publisher World Business Institute, Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 1836-070X
Keyword(s) gender
constructed response examinations
multiple choice tests
Summary This paper looks at the use of constructed-response and multiple-choice questions in first year management examinations involving 2364 students over a three semester period in 2008-9. It also compares student’s performance in research and analytical assignments with their results in Multiple-Choice tests. The results show that students who perform poorly in non-multiple-choice tests are slightly advantaged by multiple-choice tests. However, students who display high distinction scores in other pieces of assessment do not receive any advantage from multiple-choice testing. Interestingly, the research also highlighted that female students perform better in their articulation of management techniques overall, but do not gain the same comparative advantage from multiple choice testing. The analysis of the assessment methods was extremely useful in predicting the level of failures for the unit in the subsequent year. Finding the right balance of assessment tasks in first year university business courses is extremely difficult, using multiple-choice tests can be useful tool as part of the assessment mix in management units.
Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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