The Relationship between Multiple Choice and Essay Response Questions in Assessing Economics Understanding
Efficiency considerations have led to increased use of multiple-choice questions to assess economics understanding at the secondary and tertiary levels throughout Australia. A multiple-choice test would suffice if multiple-choice and essay questions measure the same dimensions of knowledge, as suggested by least squares estimation of the relationship between these two forms of testing. We show a simultaneous equation bias inherent in least squares estimation of the relationship between these two forms. A two-stage least squares estimation reveals no relationship, implying that these testing forms measure different dimensions of knowledge. Thus, a single form of testing economics knowledge must be avoided. Copyright 1999 by The Economic Society of Australia.
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Volume (Year): 75 (1999)
Issue (Month): 231 (December)
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