Learning in law: using MCQs for summative assessment in core law courses

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McNamara, Noeleen and Barnett, Eola. 2012. "Learning in law: using MCQs for summative assessment in core law courses." International Journal of Organisational Behaviour. 17 (3), pp. 46-61.
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Learning in law: using MCQs for summative assessment in core law courses

ERA Journal ID21951
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMcNamara, Noeleen (Author) and Barnett, Eola (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Organisational Behaviour
Journal Citation17 (3), pp. 46-61
Number of Pages16
Year2012
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISSN1440-5377
Web Address (URL)http://www.usq.edu.au/business-law/research/ijob/~/media/USQ/Business-Law/Journals/IJOB%20Vol%2017%203%20Paper%204.ashx
Abstract

This article reports on an investigation undertaken by the authors on the verity of multiple choice questions (MCQs) as components of summative assessment in first level core courses within a law program. Student results are compared across different years where the only variable was the use of MCQs substituted for a research assignment. Comparison will be made about results of the general student body, as well as higher performing students and those who failed the courses to gauge whether either group is favoured by having MCQs. Conclusions will be drawn about constraints and opportunities from the authors’ experience in using MCQs in these courses.

Keywordslegal education; pedagogy; multiple choice questions; summative assessment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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