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Pages: 7173-7177
Publication year: 2020
ISBN: 978-84-09-17939-8
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2020.1895

Conference name: 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2020
Location: Valencia, Spain

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: EXPANDING THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS

K. Siren

Loyola University Maryland (UNITED STATES)
Multiple-choice questions are a common means of assessment thought to be an objective way to evaluate students’ knowledge recall. However, there are several limitations when utilizing multiple-choice questions for assessment. Depending upon the way the question is formulated, multiple-choice questions often do not allow for assessment of higher order cognitive skills. Well-designed short-answer questions are generally considered superior to multiple-choice questions at requiring students to analyze, synthesize, and apply their knowledge. Additionally, when answering multiple-choice questions, students may be able to guess the correct answers, thus nullifying the ability of the question to validly assess student knowledge. This paper introduces a type of expanded multiple-choice question requiring students to explain why they chose the answer they did. Such examination questions potentially capitalize on the advantages, and minimize the disadvantages, of traditional multiple-choice questions. This paper discusses the use of expanded multiple-choice questions for assessment and compares student responses to expanded multiple-choice questions vs. short-answer questions to determine the effectiveness of such questions in an undergraduate class in speech acoustics.
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author = {Siren, K.},
title = {THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: EXPANDING THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS},
series = {14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2020 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-17939-8},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2020.1895},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2020.1895},
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location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {2-4 March, 2020},
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DO - 10.21125/inted.2020.1895
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K. Siren (2020) THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: EXPANDING THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS, INTED2020 Proceedings, pp. 7173-7177.
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