On the seventeenth day of Edvent, Niki Kaiser gave EBE…

Concept Inventories: Predicting the Wrong Answer May Boost Performance

This leads on from the article I mentioned (in Day 8 of the Edvent Calendar). It suggests that MCQ conceptual questions can sometimes be a bit of a blunt instrument for diagnosing misconceptions, because “their intuitive beliefs are often cued faster than their academic knowledge, and… consequently, their answers may not reveal their incipient or latent understandings but rather their spontaneous intuitions.”

It underlines the importance of metacognition in understanding how and why answers are chosen.

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Niki is a chemistry teacher and Head of Norwich Research School, with whom we work as an EEF Research Schools Developer.


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