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

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posted on 2012-07-01, 00:00 authored by E McElvaney, Jan FermelisJan Fermelis, Helene StrawbridgeHelene Strawbridge
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.

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Journal

International review of business research papers

Volume

8

Issue

5

Pagination

205 - 214

Publisher

World Business Institute

Location

Berwick, Vic.

ISSN

1837-5685

eISSN

1832-9543

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, World Business Institute

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