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Student Attitudes about MDT Multi-Digit Testing [microform] : Analyses from Pioneer Experiences / Paul S. Anderson
Bib ID 5492714
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Anderson, Paul S
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987 
25 p. 
Summary

A recent innovation in the area of educational measurement is MDT multi-digit testing, a machine-scored near-equivalent to "fill-in-the-blank" testing. The MDT method is based on long lists (or "Answer Banks") that contain up to 1,000 discrete answers, each with a three-digit label. Students taking an MDT multi-digit test mark the appropriate three-digit response on special answer sheets for machine scoring. As expected, attitudes about MDT multi-digit testing vary significantly among students at Illinois State University who participated in its pioneer usage. Data from questionnaires given in one semester to 1,440 students show that 41% had unfavorable attitudes toward the testing method, while the remainder were neutral (36%) or had favorable perceptions (23%). This paper examines 10 variables to determine which relate to favorable and unfavorable attitudes about the MDT multi-digit technique. Apart from instructor-related factors, the variables related to favorable attitudes toward MDT testing include greater familiarity/experience with the method and higher academic performance. Five figures are presented, and an appendix contains the survey used (the Survey of Student Opinions about Methods of Educational Testing). (Author/SLD)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Measurement in Education (Washington, DC, April 19-23, 1987). For a related document, see TM 011 912.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Students.  |  Computer Assisted Testing.  |  Higher Education.  |  Scoring.  |  Student Attitudes.  |  Test Construction.  |  Test Format.  |  Test Items.  |  Multiple Digit Testing  |  Answer Banks
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Reports, Research.
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