ERIC Number: ED129754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Use of Student-Composed Tests and Their Effect on the Attitudes and Task Performance of University Students.
Wagener, Elaine H.
The experiment described was designed to evaluate the possible effects on students in a small seminar of an evaluation system in which students were freed from some of the pressures of the conventional grading system and allowed to participate in the grading process, and to determine whether such participation would affect the acquisition of course content and attitudes of students toward that course. One of three randomly selected seminar groups was chosen to be the experimental group in which the grading process was altered. Pretesting was done covering course content to establish relative equality among the groups. An analysis of variance revealed no statistically significant difference in the group that constructed its own tests and assigned its own points for seminar participation and the two control groups, which were graded by a more traditional method. Chi Square analyses were performed on the attitude data revealing no significant differences in the groups on attitudes toward unit quizzes, course grading, or small group seminars. Although statistical analysis indicated no significant differences in attitudes in the groups, the study revealed that students felt the experience was valuable in learning to compose valid test questions, that it freed them from memorizing irrelevant details, released them from tension, and allowed a more receptive mindset for hearing and listening as well as allowing for increased teacher-student communication, rapport, and appreciation. (Author/JMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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