Supporting learning in law: using formative MCQ assessment in criminal law core courses

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Barnett, Eola and McNamara, Noeleen. 2012. "Supporting learning in law: using formative MCQ assessment in criminal law core courses." International Journal of Organisational Behaviour. 17 (2), pp. 72-86.
Article Title

Supporting learning in law: using formative MCQ assessment in criminal law core courses

ERA Journal ID21951
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBarnett, Eola (Author) and McNamara, Noeleen (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Organisational Behaviour
Journal Citation17 (2), pp. 72-86
Number of Pages15
Year2012
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISSN1440-5377
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=665447544749107;res=IELBUS
Abstract

This article reports on an investigation undertaken by the authors on the verity of multiple choice questions (MCQs) as formative assessment in law courses within a law
program. The investigation was conducted for several reasons, but primarily because of a perceived negativity associated with their use for assessment in legal education and, against this background, to inform their continued use within a framework of sustainable pedagogy.
The results of an analysis of student use of the MCQs in four criminal law courses are correlated to their overall performance in the courses are presented, as are students’
views regarding their value.

Keywordslegal education; pedagogy; multiple choice questions; formative assessment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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