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ERIC Number: ED093947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 22
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A Theory of How External Incentives Affect, and Are Affected by, Computer-aided Admissible Probability Testing.
Brown, T. A.
Admissible probability testing is a way of administering multiple choice tests in which a student states his subjective probability that each alternative answer is correct. His response is then scored by an admissible scoring system designed so that the student will perceive that is is in his interest to report his true subjective probability. With regard to admissible probability tests, two issues are treated surrounding the relation between external incentives and optimal student behavior. It is shown that excessibe competition or the use of a strict "pass-fail" system can lead to responses which misrepresent the student's true state of knowledge, and that the use of admissible scoring systems should influence students to study fewer topics to a higher degree of mastery than do other objective scoring systems. Issues treated here are theoretical. Controlled field experiments will discover whether the advantages and dangers theoretically inherent in computer-aided admissible probability testing will show up in real life. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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