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Pages: 352-358
Publication year: 2011
ISBN: 978-84-614-7423-3
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain

ANALYSIS OF INFLUENCES OF TEST ITEMS AND LEARNING STYLES ON PERFORMANCE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS ON THE EXAM

A. Kentli1, F. Kentli2

1Marmara University, Faculty of Engineering (TURKEY)
2Yıldız Technical University, Department of Informatics (TURKEY)
The goal of the study was three-fold: to investigate mechanical student behaviors (e.g., changing answers) while taking mixed text exams (having multiple-choice, fill in the blank etc. questions); to determine if specific behaviors were associated with performance on the exam; and to determine if there are associations of learning style, as measured by Grasha’s Learning Style Inventory (LSI), with test-taking activities. We tested on midterm, final and quiz exam applications that have more 20 questions having different styles. This new paradigm allows collection of detailed test taking behaviors that can be used to generate more suitable tests to assess the students. Test taking activities were extracted from the exams of a core course (ME313 Manufacturing Processes I) on 2010-2011 Spring Semester given to mechanical engineering students. Student exam-taking activities showed considerable variability. Correlation of test-taking behaviors with performance on the exam revealed that mixed test exams are more practical. There were also significant associations of learning styles with exam-taking behaviors. In summary, the use of grades and Grasha’s LSI allowed a better understanding of the associations of test-taking behaviors with academic performances and with learning styles. Based on these findings, learning strategies might be designed to help students cope with courses that rely heavily on test exams for assessing student achievement.
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title = {ANALYSIS OF INFLUENCES OF TEST ITEMS AND LEARNING STYLES ON PERFORMANCE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS ON THE EXAM},
series = {5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2011 Proceedings},
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A. Kentli, F. Kentli (2011) ANALYSIS OF INFLUENCES OF TEST ITEMS AND LEARNING STYLES ON PERFORMANCE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS ON THE EXAM, INTED2011 Proceedings, pp. 352-358.
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