More Evidence on the Use of Constructed-Response Questions in Principles of Economics Classes
AbstractThis study provides evidence that constructed response (CR) questions contribute information about student knowledge and understanding that is not contained in multiple choice questions (MC). We use an extensive data set of individual assessment results from Introductory Macro- and Microeconomics classes at a large, public university. We find that (i) CR scores contain information not contained in MC questions, (ii) this information is correlated with a measure of student knowledge and understanding of course material, and (iii) CR questions are better able to â€˜explainâ€™ academic achievement in other courses than additional MC questions. There is some evidence to suggest that this greater explanatory power has to do with the ability of CR questions to measure higher-level learning as characterised by Bloomâ€™s taxonomy (Bloom, 1956). Both (i) the generalisability of our results to other principles of economics classes, and (ii) the practical significance (in terms of studentsâ€™ grades) of our findings, remain to be determined.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.
Volume (Year): 10 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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- Stephen Hickson & W. Robert Reed, 2011. "More Evidence on the Use of Constructed-Response Questions in Principles of Economics Classes," Working Papers in Economics 11/02, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
- A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
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