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Assessing student attitudes using a computer-aided approach


Adair, D and Jaeger, M and Pu, JH, Assessing student attitudes using a computer-aided approach, Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) Annual Conference, 3-5 December, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, pp. 12-20. ISBN 9780987177230 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Background: Included in methods commonly used for assessing vocational training are oral assessments (OAs) since, in addition to assessing knowledge to a depth rarely achieved in other forms of testing, they give unique insight into studentsí personal attitudes, which are important factors in the workplace. However, OAs require considerable preparation by the assessors, they can be restricted by time and assessor allocation, it is difficult to fully cover the course fairly, and they can put undue stress on the examinees, hence hindering a true expression of their skills and knowledge.

Purpose: OAs can give insight into a studentís personal attitudes, and the purpose here is to find the relationship between OA observed attitudes and those deduced from the computer-aided assessment.

Design/Method: For the computer-aided assessments a scheme based on comparing two statements, followed by fuzzy AHP analysis, was used to determine the studentís attitude on such topics as general safety, work area tidiness and cleanliness, care and good use of hand tools and accuracy and testing of equipment. The results from the computer-aided approach were then compared with attitudes on the same topics obtained by oral assessment.

Results: For this work the important result was that there were strong correlations between the OA observed attitudes and the computer-aided assessment derived attitudes of the students. It also became clear however that for safety, the attitude of students (and perhaps workers) is more complicated than just having a Ďgoodí or Ďbadí attitude. Social pressure and organisational influence do seem to play a part so influencing or masking the studentís true attitudes.

Conclusions: Satisfactory correlations were found between results of studentsí attitudes when tested using the OA and computer-aided methods. Further work would need to be done to confirm generalization of substituting OA methods with a computer-aided assessment method.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:student attitudes, oral assessments
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Decision support and group support systems
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
ID Code:83991
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2013-04-08
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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