TITLE

Secondary School Students' Perceptions of Essay and Multiple-Choice Type Exams

AUTHOR(S)
Nassar, Yahya Hayati Baker; Qaraeen, Khalil; Naba'h, Abdullah Abu
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Dirasat: Educational Sciences;2011, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p345
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study aimed at investigating Jordanian secondary school students' perceptions in Amman toward essay and multiple-choice exams. The sample composed of 403 students (195 males and 208 females). The Inventory of Secondary Schools Perceptions of Essay and Multiple-choice Type Exams (ISSP) was constructed to measure students' perceptions. The results revealed that students preferred multiple-choice exam more than essay exam. Furthermore, students believed that multiple-choice exam is less difficult, less complex, clearer, more interesting, trickier, and fairer than essay exam. In addition students' believed that multiple-choice exam is better in terms the expectancy to success, less anxious, and better in terms feeling at ease comparing with essay exam. However, students' believed that both types are valuable. Moreover, the findings showed that higher achiever students prefer essay exam more than moderate and low achievers. Finally, students' perceptions toward multiple-choice exam did not differ significantly according to their gender and/or achievement level.
ACCESSION #
109097014

 

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