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Oral assessment in mathematics: implementation and outcomes

Iannone, P.; Simpson, A.

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P. Iannone


In this article, we report the planning and implementation of an oral assessment component in a first-year pure mathematics module of a degree course in mathematics. Our aim was to examine potential barriers to using oral assessments, explore the advantages and disadvantages compared to existing common assessment methods and document the outcomes in terms of student views and performance. Our findings suggest that concerns about staff workload, students’ anxiety and fairness were only partially realized and that oral assessments may have a role to play in enriching the current assessment diet in mathematics.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2012
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2013
Publicly Available Date Aug 19, 2014
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 31
Issue 4
Pages 179-190
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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 definitive publisher-authenticated version Iannone, P. and Simpson, A. (2012) 'Editor's Choice: Oral assessment in mathematics: implementation and outcomes', Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 31 (4): 179-190 is available online at:

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