ERIC Number: EJ1047585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Assessing Students' Performance by Measured Patterns of Perceived Strengths: Does Preference Make a Difference?
Urda, Julie; Ramocki, Stephen P.
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v40 n1 p33-44 2015
This paper is an empirical field study of whether college students' preferences for assessment type correspond to their performance in assessment that tests that particular strength. For example, if students say they prefer assessment that tests their creativity, do they actually perform better on assessment tasks requiring the use of creativity? Seventy-eight students in three different courses were surveyed to determine their preferences in four types of assessment: memorisation, analysis, creativity and practical application. These preferences were then compared to student grades on corresponding forms of assessment to see if the preferences corresponded to actual performance. The study found that, while students had a clear preference for memorisation, they were not likely to deliver their best performances on memorisation tasks. There was no relationship at all between student preferences in assessment type and their performance in the respective assessments. These results indicate that, while in theory assessing students based on their preferences is reasonable for improved learning, we were not able to find evidence that it actually leads to higher performance.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Preferences, Student Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Memorization, Creativity, Academic Achievement, Performance, Performance Tests, Summative Evaluation, Marketing, Business Administration Education, Introductory Courses, Statistical Analysis, Questionnaires, Correlation
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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