Jun 2 – 7, 2019
Simon Fraser University
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10 - Engaging reflective thinking during exam-like situations: Slowing students down on short-answer questions increases performance

Jun 4, 2019, 4:47 PM
SWH 9082 + AQ South-East Corner / coin sud-est (Simon Fraser University)

SWH 9082 + AQ South-East Corner / coin sud-est

Simon Fraser University

Poster (Non-Student) / Affiche (Non-étudiant(e)) Physics Education / Enseignement de la physique (DPE-DEP) DPE Poster Session & Student Poster Competition Finals (5) | Session d'affiches DEP et finales du concours d'affiches étudiantes (5)


Joss Ives (University of British Columbia)


In a series of experiments designed to engage students in reflective thinking in exam-like situations, we test the effectiveness of two different interventions in improving student performance on specific short-answer questions. These interventions (1) ask students to explain their answer after answering a short-answer question, or (2) pair questions together for concepts that students frequently confuse for each other. For both interventions we demonstrate that we are able to increase student performance on those specific questions. These results have implications for the design of short-answer physics questions in learning and assessment situations.

Primary authors

Joss Ives (University of British Columbia) Jared Stang (University of British Columbia)

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