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Investigating Male Bias in Multiple Choice Questions: Contrasting Formative and Summative Settings

Hedgeland, Holly; Dawkins, Hillary and Jordan, Sally (2018). Investigating Male Bias in Multiple Choice Questions: Contrasting Formative and Summative Settings. European Journal of Physics (Early Access).

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Abstract

Previous studies have claimed that male advantage may arise from multiple choice question types; we have made a detailed evaluation of this hypothesis, finding limited evidence that female students are disadvantaged by multiple choice questions in summative assessment. Additionally, we find no significant evidence of a gender gap around the use of multiple choice type questions, including variants such as multiple response questions, in formative assessment. Our findings suggest that the use of a multiple choice question format is not a significant factor in the gender gap in assessment.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 European Physical Society
ISSN: 0143-0807
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
eSTEeM centre for STEM pedagogyNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: eSTEeM
Physics
Item ID: 55715
Depositing User: Holly Hedgeland
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 04:10
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55715
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