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Can the Same Results be Obtained Using Computer-mediated Tests as for Paper-based Tests for National Curriculum Assessment?
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, , , , , The Queen's University of Belfast

International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

This paper describes part of a research programme designed to explore the validity of using computer mediated tests as opposed to paper-based ones for National Curriculum testing in mathematics at Key stage 3. Previous research in this area has focused primarily on the comparison between computer-based and paper-based multiple choice questions while this research uses constructed response questions similar to those used at present in National Curriculum testing. A total of 127 pupils was tested using questions based on items selected from National tests in mathematics at Key stage 3. The study showed that where questions tested similar cognitive tasks there were no significant differences in outcomes. Questions requiring spatial awareness were more difficult when presented in a computer environment. Also the study illustrated that constant care is required to ensure that computer-based questions do not change the level of cognitive tasks of paper-based examples. The paper demonstrates the potential and limitations of a shift to computer based assessment.

Citation

Greenwood, L., McBride, F., Morrison, H., Cowan, P. & Lee, M. (2000). Can the Same Results be Obtained Using Computer-mediated Tests as for Paper-based Tests for National Curriculum Assessment?. In Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology 2000 (pp. 179-184). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 6, 2019 from .

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