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ERIC Number: EJ1000867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
A Question Library for Classroom Voting
Cline, Kelly; McGivney-Burelle, Jean; Zullo, Holly
Mathematics Teacher, v106 n3 p212-218 Oct 2012
Take a minute and imagine the ideal classroom learning environment. What would it be like? How would students learn? What would they be doing? Certainly, each student would be actively engaged in the lesson, exploring and discovering the key points. Perhaps students would work collaboratively, discussing various concepts and figuring out central ideas for themselves. The teacher would be responsive to each student's ideas and reactions. This type of learning environment is what the authors work to create using classroom voting. In this pedagogy, the teacher poses a multiple-choice question to the class, allows a few minutes for consideration and small-group discussion, calls on each student to vote on the correct answer, often with an electronic handheld clicker, and then leads a class discussion of the results. The vote itself allows the teacher to hear quickly from every member of the class. For teachers, the challenge in using classroom voting lies in writing good multiple-choice questions that address key concepts. Fortunately, with the generous support of the National Science Foundation and a network of collaborators across the country, the authors have assembled a growing Web-based library of more than two thousand multiple-choice questions designed for classroom voting. These questions cover a wide range of topics common to high school and college mathematics courses and are free for interested teachers. Many questions are accompanied by teachers' comments and a summary of votes on the question in previous classes (the percentage of students voting for each option). This information can be useful when selecting questions for an upcoming lesson. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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