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Fairness and Flexibility in Oral Examination
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This is a descriptive ethnographical study with the purpose of examining teachers’ and students’ experiences of oral examination at a State Pedagogical University in western Russia. The study also focused on finding the characteristics of oral examination and the contextual factors influencing its implementation. The research was done using participatory observations and interviews. The results show that interviewees experience oral assessment in general as positive. Their descriptions are summarised and analysed using a number of key concepts, of which flexibility, subjectivity, individualisation, and fairness are the most important. The study also shows that contextual factors such as culture, traditions, and organisational framework have large impact on how the examination is done. The conclusion is that oral examination has both gins and losses, since the teacher’s active participation creates possibilities for individualisation and deep probing of the students’ knowledge, but is also a source of bias because of its subjectivity.

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Umeå: Matematik och matematisk statistik , 2005. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
alternative assessment, individualisation, oral assessment, Russian higher education, test validity, test reliability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-717OAI: diva2:144308
Available from: 2006-03-03 Created: 2006-03-03Bibliographically approved

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