Multiple-choice versus short-response items: Differences in omit behavior

Matters, Gabrielle & Burnett, Paul C. (1999) Multiple-choice versus short-response items: Differences in omit behavior. Australian Journal of Education, 43(2), pp. 117-128.

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The overall rate of omission of items for 28,331 17 year old Australian students on a high stakes test of achievement in the common elements or cognitive skills of the senior school curriculum is reported for a subtest in multiple choice format and a subtest in short response format. For the former, the omit rates were minuscule and there was no significant difference by gender or by type of school attended. For the latter, where an item can be 'worth' up to five times that of a single multiple choice item, the omit rates were between 10 and 20 times that for multiple choice and the difference between male and female omit rate was significant as was the difference between students from government and non-government schools. For both formats, females from single sex schools omitted significantly fewer items than did females from co-educational schools. Some possible explanations of omit behaviour are alluded to.

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ID Code: 27115
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Multiple choice, Short Response, Assessment , Omit Behaviour
ISSN: 0004-9441
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Australian Council for Educational Research
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2009 03:20
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:59

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