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A Comparison of Student Perceptions to Actual Performance in Chemistry
Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE) (2015)
  • Ross Hudson, ACER

This research was part of a larger study into student performance in senior chemistry with regard to question type and content. This paper examines student perceptions about question type and context and compares these perceptions to actual performance. How students perceive different types of questions and how it influences their self-belief and motivation were the focus of this study. Student responses to different styles or types of questions have been well researched over time. In this study Year 11 chemistry students were quizzed about their preferences to Multiple-Choice questions and Open Response question types and how the presence of each type was likely to influence their test performance. Student's perceptions were then correlated to their actual performance on sample chemistry tests. Students generally preferred MCQ questions and believed they were likely to perform better on these questions regardless of the topic. Test results did not always support this confidence.

  • Students,
  • Perception,
  • Chemistry,
  • Performance,
  • Test results
Publication Date
April, 2015
Citation Information
Ross Hudson. "A Comparison of Student Perceptions to Actual Performance in Chemistry" Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE) (2015)
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