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Multiple-choice questionnaires and the success of law students: Results of a preliminary evaluation


Prichard, J, Multiple-choice questionnaires and the success of law students: Results of a preliminary evaluation, Research and Development in Higher Education: Connections in Higher Education Volume 35, 2-5 July 2012, Hobart, pp. 251-259. ISBN 0-908557-89-2 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Multiple-choice questionnaires (MCQ) are rarely employed in legal education in Australia. However, MCQ have a long history of use among US legal academics and, more generally, their use as low-weight, formative assessment is relatively non-contentious. This paper presents an evaluation of a low-weight MCQ introduced into a criminal law unit in 2010 at the Law School, University of Tasmania. The impact of this MCQ on studentsí end of semester exam results were analysed with (a) data spanning 2007-11 and a total of 786 students, (b) student success on the MCQ and (c) a survey of studentsí perspectives of the MCQ (N=137). The paper suggests there is some evidence that the MCQ has promoted student success. However, the paper also explores difficulties in conducting evaluations of assessment; mixed method designs are recommended.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:multiple-choice questionnaire, evaluation, law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Other law and legal studies
Research Field:Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Prichard, J (Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard)
ID Code:78484
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2012-07-03
Last Modified:2018-03-13
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