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Mathematics lecturers' views of examinations: tensions and possible resolutions

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posted on 07.06.2016, 10:37 by Paola IannonePaola Iannone, Adrian Simpson
If assessment drives learning and the closed book examination dominates the pattern of assessment for undergraduate mathematics (as it does in the UK), lecturers need to ensure that examinations reflect the learning they value. This paper uses a mixed method approach to explore lecturers’ views of the closed book examination in relation to other assessment methods, their preferences for different types of methods and the extent to which they discriminate between stronger and weaker students. A survey of staff views confirms the dominance of closed book examinations, but an accompanying interview study shows hidden complexity to this view. In particular a tension between the potential and the reality of examinations is uncovered and suggestions are made for resolving that tension.

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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Teaching Mathematics and its Applications

Volume

34

Issue

2

Pages

71 - 82

Citation

IANNONE, P. and SIMPSON, A., 2015. Mathematics lecturers' views of examinations: tensions and possible resolutions. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 34(2), pp. 71-82.

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The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Teaching Mathematics and its Applications following peer review. The version of record IANNONE, P. and SIMPSON, A., 2015. Mathematics lecturers' views of examinations: tensions and possible resolutions. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 34(2), pp. 71-82. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hru024

ISSN

0268-3679

eISSN

1471-6976

Language

en

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