Learning in law: using MCQs for summative assessment in core law courses

McNamara, Noeleen and Barnett, Eola (2012) Learning in law: using MCQs for summative assessment in core law courses. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 17 (3). pp. 46-61.

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Abstract

This article reports on an investigation undertaken by the authors on the verity of multiple choice questions (MCQs) as components of summative assessment in first level core courses within a law program. Student results are compared across different years where the only variable was the use of MCQs substituted for a research assignment. Comparison will be made about results of the general student body, as well as higher performing students and those who failed the courses to gauge whether either group is favoured by having MCQs. Conclusions will be drawn about constraints and opportunities from the authors’ experience in using MCQs in these courses.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Mrs Eola Barnett
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 10:43
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal education; pedagogy; multiple choice questions; summative assessment
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22097

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