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ERIC Number: EJ1061937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
Formulating Good Open-Ended Questions in Assessment
Shilo, Gila
Educational Research Quarterly, v38 n4 p3-30 Jun 2015
The purpose of the study was to examine the quality of open test questions directed to high school and college students. One thousand five hundred examination questions from various fields of study were examined using criteria based on the writing centers directions and guidelines. The 273 questions that did not fulfill the criteria were analyzed in this study. The commonest mistakes found were: inappropriate usage of action verbs (66%); errors in formulation (13.1%) and the use of titles instead of questions (9.5%). In my opinion, the two most important findings of the study are the high percentage of inappropriate use of action verbs and inadequate number of points given to questions, since these findings were not described previously. The study results suggest that training teachers in question-writing should be incorporated in the curriculum for pre-service and in-service teachers. Various ways of composing more coherent test questions are described after presenting and discussing the mistake types.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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