Friday, April 10, 2009
When Writing Multiple Choice Questions, Law Professors Should (a) Understand the Components of Good Questions, (b) Allow Justifications, (c) Read the Linked Article, or (d) All of the Above
Posted by Jeff Lipshaw
My Suffolk colleague, Janet Fisher (right), has posted Multiple-Choice: Choosing the Best Options for More Effective and Less Frustrating Law School Testing (Vol. 37, Capital University Law Review, p. 119, 2008). Here's the abstract:
Multiple-choice testing presents challenges and frustrations not only for the students who take the tests, but also for the doctrinal faculty who prepare and score the tests and for the academic support faculty who work with students having difficulty with multiple-choice tests. This article discusses means by which the multiple-choice testing experience in law school could be improved for both students and faculty. After a brief overview of the history of multiple-choice testing, the article describes problems that arise in connection with multiple-choice testing and the possible effects of flawed multiple-choice questions. The article then reviews basic multiple-choice item-writing guidelines and some general principles of test validity. For this, the article draws upon the work of law professor Michael Josephson and testing authority Thomas Haladyna. Finally, the article evaluates appeal and answer justification procedures that could be used to enhance multiple-choice testing.
Do I have to pay a royalty to Larry Solum if I say "highly recommended?"