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ERIC Number: ED562245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Confidence-Based Assessments within an Adult Learning Environment
Novacek, Paul
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (Fort Worth, TX, Oct 22-24, 2013)
Traditional knowledge assessments rely on multiple-choice type questions that only report a right or wrong answer. The reliance within the education system on this technique infers that a student who provides a correct answer purely through guesswork possesses knowledge equivalent to a student who actually knows the correct answer. A more complete assessment is needed to eliminate guesswork and offer greater efficiency in managing the remediation process. Confidence-based assessment techniques integrate the selection of multiple-choice answers with the student's self-perceived level of certainty and offer a middle ground between the traditional multiple-choice answer and a lengthy essay response. Research has discovered that confidence-based assessments provide a more comprehensive measure of a person's knowledge, increases the retainability of learned material and identifies topics in which people are misinformed. [For the full proceedings, see ED562107.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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