publication . Conference object . Preprint . 2016

Can multiple-choice questions simulate free-response questions?

Shih-Yin Lin; Chandralekha Singh; N. Sanjay Rebello; Paula V. Engelhardt; Chandralekha Singh;
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  • Published: 20 Feb 2016
  • Publisher: AIP
Abstract
We discuss a study to evaluate the extent to which free-response questions could be approximated by multiple-choice equivalents. Two carefully designed research-based multiple-choice questions were transformed into a free-response format and administered on the final exam in a calculus-based introductory physics course. The original multiple-choice questions were administered in another similar introductory physics course on final exam. Findings suggest that carefully designed multiple-choice questions can reflect the relative performance of the free-response questions while maintaining the benefits of ease of grading and quantitative analysis, especially if the...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: education
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION
free text keywords: Free response, Grading (education), Multiple choice, Mathematics education, Mathematics, Physics - Physics Education
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publication . Conference object . Preprint . 2016

Can multiple-choice questions simulate free-response questions?

Shih-Yin Lin; Chandralekha Singh; N. Sanjay Rebello; Paula V. Engelhardt; Chandralekha Singh;