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ERIC Number: ED110144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun-23
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Objective Versus Subjective Classroom Tests and Student Evaluations of Their Instructors.
Handleman, Chester
Student evaluations of an instructor who uses objective tests exclusively are here compared to evaluations of the same instructor using classroom tests which combine objective and subjective test formats. Class size and hour and manner of instruction were held constant; students were chosen at random by the computer registration process. The sample was comprised of four Western Civilization classes; two classes of 30 students each participated in each testing option. The instructor was evaluated significantly higher by students who took objective exams than by those who took combination objective/subjective examinations. In view of the students' stated preference for the objective test format, an instructor sensitive to his student evaluation score is likely to choose the objective test option. This tendency is often reinforced by ease in grading objective exams. However, many employers of community college graduates have long been critical of their employees' writing skills. The universal adoption of a combination objective/subjective testing format would tend to sharpen writing and organizational skills, as well as provide a more consistent basis for student evaluation of instructors. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University