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The summative assessment diet: how we assess in mathematics degrees

Iannone, P.; Simpson, A.

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P. Iannone



Abstract

Much research and many papers on mathematics pedagogy have discussed assessment and, in particular, the need to provide a varied diet of methods by which students are assessed for the award of their degree. In this article, we explore the mix of assessment methods provided across a range of UK university mathematics departments. We examine the relationship between the mix of assessment methods and type of institution and between the type of assessment and the mathematical topic. We found that closed book exam is still the most common assessment method in undergraduate mathematics, with some new assessment methods, such as projects and presentations, now used in most UK institutions.

Citation

Iannone, P., & Simpson, A. (2011). The summative assessment diet: how we assess in mathematics degrees. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 30(4), 186-196. https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrr017

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2011
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2013
Publicly Available Date Mar 20, 2015
Journal Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA
Print ISSN 0268-3679
Electronic ISSN 1471-6976
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Pages 186-196
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrr017

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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. (2011) 'The summative assessment diet : how we assess in mathematics degrees.', Teaching mathematics and its applications., 30 (4). pp. 186-196 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrr017.





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