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Is this really what you mean? Problems of perception in science multiple choice questions
science assessment
primary science
multiple-choice questions
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Boo, H. K. (2003, November/December). Is this really what you mean? Problems of perception in science multiple choice questions. Paper presented at the NZARE-AARE Joint Conference, Auckland, Australia.
Assessment is an integral part of the teaching-learning process, and typically consumes a significant portion of both the teachers' and pupils' time and energy. The background of this paper concerns the fact that multiple choice questions (MCQs) are used rather extensively in the assessment of science learning outcomes from year three through to year six at the primary school level, and the fact that some of these questions involve a mismatch in perception between the test setter(s) and the test takers. This discussion paper is based on an investigation into 100 sets of primary school science examination papers from 25 different schools. It discusses specific examples of perceptual mismatch between the question setter(s) and the test takers. It also highlights the concern that too much reliance on the use of traditional MCQs could seriously disadvantage pupils who are more divergent or creative or deeper in thinking, as well as impede the development of creativity in pupils. Suggestions for addressing some of the concerns raised are also included in the paper.
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