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Assessment method difference : comparisons between international and domestic students within a first year undergraduate management course

McElvaney, E. John, Fermelis, Jan and Strawbridge, Helene 2012, Assessment method difference : comparisons between international and domestic students within a first year undergraduate management course, International review of business research papers, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 205-214.

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Title Assessment method difference : comparisons between international and domestic students within a first year undergraduate management course
Author(s) McElvaney, E. John
Fermelis, JanORCID iD for Fermelis, Jan orcid.org/0000-0002-9991-3605
Strawbridge, Helene
Journal name International review of business research papers
Volume number 8
Issue number 5
Start page 205
End page 214
Total pages 10
Publisher World Business Institute
Place of publication Berwick, Vic.
Publication date 2012-07
ISSN 1837-5685
1832-9543
Keyword(s) Higher education
constructive response questions
multiple choice questions
assessment
management education
Summary This paper investigates the assessment methods and student results within a first year undergraduate management course offered within the business faculty of an Australian university. This course is compulsory for those studying for a commerce or management degree. The assessment results of full fee paying international students were compared with those of domestic students, during four teaching semesters in 2009 and 2010. Analysis compares 2,682 students’ numerical results for two constructed response assignments to their results for an examination comprising both multiple choice questions and constructed response questions. It also compares the results of international and domestic students across metropolitan, regional and rural campuses. However due to little comparison data for multiple campuses, findings are consolidated by domestic and international students, university-wide. International students were found to achieve lower results than domestic students for constructed response assessment tasks, but higher results than domestic students for multiple choice question assessments. These findings have implications for instructors eager to provide a level assessment playing field for both domestic and international students, enabling both groupings to take advantage of existing strengths but also to improve their weaknesses. This research led to a restructuring and rescheduling of assessment tasks for the 2012 academic year.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, World Business Institute
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046557

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