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Students' perceptions of assessment in undergraduate mathematics

Iannone, P.; Simpson, A.

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P. Iannone



Abstract

A consistent message emerges from research on undergraduate students' perceptions of assessment which describes traditional assessment as detrimental to learning. However this literature has not included students in the pure sciences. Mathematics education literature advocates the introduction of innovative assessment at university. In this literature however students' voices tend to be unheard. We investigate mathematics students' perceptions of assessment at one high-ranking UK University. We find that, in contrast to the message from the general literature, students perceive traditional assessment as the best discriminator of ability. We suggest that the drive towards the introduction of innovative assessment in mathematics should be considered in the light of students' perceptions and that further research is needed to investigate the origins of those perceptions as well as how those perceptions may be influenced by the subject of study.

Citation

Iannone, P., & Simpson, A. (2013). Students' perceptions of assessment in undergraduate mathematics. Research in Mathematics Education, 15(1), 17-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794802.2012.756634

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 7, 2013
Deposit Date Jul 24, 2012
Publicly Available Date Aug 5, 2014
Journal Research in Mathematics Education
Print ISSN 1479-4802
Electronic ISSN 1754-0178
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 17-33
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14794802.2012.756634
Keywords Assessment of mathematics, Higher education, Students' perceptions.

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