ERIC Number: ED108074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Realistic Self-Assessment of Knowledge and Competence. Final Report.
McMullen, David W.
Decision theoretic testing was used to explore whether junior high students could improve their tendencies to make realistic assessments of what they knew. In nine sessions over a period of three weeks, 49 seventh graders used computer terminals to record probability values in the form of logarithmic equivalents for each alternative in a randomized set of multiple-choice math problems. Students were assigned to three treatment groups. One worked individually, one worked individually with feedback from the computer, and the third group worked as teams with feedback from the computer. Analysis of the training sessions and posttests revealed differences in the stability of assessment behaviors but a common tendency to be overconfident, to be less realistic as problems become more difficult, and to distort the value of one's knowledge when working as teams. Realism training was most effective when explicit feedback was provided and the achievement level was low. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook.
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