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ERIC Number: ED522219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Improving Multiple-Choice Questions
Torres, Cristina; Lopes, Ana Paula; Babo, Lurdes; Azevedo, Jose
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 1 p1-11 2011
A MC (multiple-choice) question can be defined as a question in which students are asked to select one alternative from a given set of alternatives in response to a question stem. The objective of this paper is to analyse if MC questions may be considered as an interesting alternative for assessing knowledge, particularly in the mathematics area, as opposed to the traditional methods, such as open questions. We also present some guidelines with the intent of improving the quality of the MC questions. For that, we illustrate some researchers' opinions in this area. The construction of good MC questions requires special care which needs the writing ability of test-makers and therefore time consuming. We are going to analyse the difficulties in the construction of MC questions as well as some advantages and limitations of this type of questions. We also are showing the frequent critics and worries, since the beginning of this objective format usage. We aim to give some examples of MC items in the mathematics area and illustrate how we can take advantage of and improve this kind of questions in this context. (Contains 3 tables and 8 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A