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ERIC Number: EJ861439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Speak up! Oral Examinations and Political Science
Buehler, Melissa J.; Schneider, Laura U.
Journal of Political Science Education, v5 n4 p315-331 2009
Testing assessments of undergraduate political science students is predictable and stagnant. A missing, yet valuable, testing assessment tool that can contribute to the repertoire of political science is the oral examination. Borrowing this testing tool largely from foreign language departments, oral exams require students to "think on their feet" in order to critically assess and appropriately respond to questions. The ability to engage in this type of activity is a valuable skill that will further prepare students for "real world" situations in which they are asked to participate in exchanges demonstrating their verbal and critical assessment skills in possible impromptu situations. It is the goal of this research project to explore the merits and pitfalls of utilizing oral examinations as an integral testing tool in political science. The authors draw upon their experiences using oral exams in the classroom, the reaction of their students towards the examination process, and how oral examinations are a beneficial testing tool in other disciplines. We conclude with a discussion regarding the appropriateness of oral examination in the discipline, as well as provide recommendations for the implementation of such testing tools that seek to better the educational experience of our undergraduates. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A