ERIC Number: EJ1048798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Reference Count: 25
Oral Exams as a Tool for Teaching and Assessment
Sayre, Eleanor C.
Teaching Science, v60 n2 p29-33 Jun 2014
Oral exams are a fruitful and practical alternative to written exams in small-enrolment Science classes. In an oral exam, the instructor can assess conceptual understanding, problem-solving, scientific communication skills, and a student's philosophy of science. In contrast, a written exam gives a much poorer picture of how students learn and approach Science. In this paper, I present a case for oral exams drawn from my own experience as a Physics instructor and the research literature in Physics education, followed by practical considerations for other instructors who may wish to try oral exams in their classes.
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