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Do Students Know How Much They Know?

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  • Alex Lebedinsky

    (Western Kentucky University)

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This paper uses a data set consisting of more than 2,000 quiz scores from an introductory statistics class and compares the actual quiz scores with students’ post-test predictions of quiz scores. The main findings are as follows: (1) Predicted scores are higher, on average, than actual scores, (2) better students predict their scores more accurately, (3) self-evaluation accuracy is worse when the material is difficult, and (4) students improve their self-evaluation accuracy over time. While previous research showed only modest improvement in self-evaluation accuracy, this study demonstrates dramatic improvements in accuracy, possibly due to the fact that students in the sample were tested frequently throughout semester.

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  • Alex Lebedinsky, 2011. "Do Students Know How Much They Know?," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 37(2), pages 39-53.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:37:y:2011:i:2:p:39-53
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    • A2 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate

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