I found this blog to be reassuring in my quest for oral and written literacy, and my refusal for multiple-choice anything. I highly recommend others read this.
I teach history, but I rarely give multiple choice quizzes or tests. Some of my students have been asking me why. They seem used to taking mutiple choice tests.
I have a three-part reason for generally avoiding multiple choice quizzes and tests:
First, I like learning, and I don’t learn much from the wrong answers students give on multiple choice tests. I suppose that if everyone got #4 wrong, I’d know to go over that one. But what I’d learn would be limited. The answer was C and they put D.
With short and medium answer questions, I find out in more detail what my students don’t understand, so we can go over those concepts in class. And isn’t that the whole purpose of a quiz? It’s not to generate a grade — it’s to find out whether students are getting the material.
For example, in response to the question…
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