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ERIC Number: EJ906472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Supporting Student Learning: Improving Performance on Short-Essay Exams Using Realistic Practice Opportunities
Dotson, Wesley H.; Sheldon, Jan B.; Sherman, James A.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v10 n3 p106-118 Nov 2010
The present manuscript reports an attempt to support students in learning to apply knowledge from class to novel situations on course exams. Students took short-essay exams at the end of each unit. Students were offered two practice opportunities during each unit: answering practice questions and participating in a mock exam study session. On average, exam performance improved when students completed more practice questions accurately and when they took mock exams. The improved performance suggests that efforts to support student learning succeeded in helping them develop a deeper, application-based understanding of course materials. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A