SHS Web of Conferences
Volume 26, 2016ERPA International Congresses on Education 2015 (ERPA 2015)
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|Published online||26 April 2016|
Correct your own exam. Exercises for university students to develop writing skills in biology
1 Departamento de Ecología, Universidad de Granada, Facultad de Ciencias, Avda. Fuentenueva s.n. E-18002 Granada, Spain
2 Departamento de Zoología, Universidad de Granada, Facultad de Ciencias, Avda. Fuentenueva s.n. E-18002 Granada, Spain
3 Departamento de Microbiología, Universidad de Granada, Facultad de Ciencias, Avda. Fuentenueva s.n. E-18002 Granada, Spain
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
This work describes a project intended to improve an essential aspect of student learning, i.e. writing essay tests, directed to students of the Undergraduate Degree in Biology at the University of Granada (Spain). Previous results indicate that most students are well prepared and understand most of the concepts basic to Biology, as reflected in the multiple-choice questions, but perform poorly when answering the essay questions. This work seeks to improve speech, writing, and conceptual organization of student responses in the essay questions, and to maintain skills developed during this project. The core of the project was a session of correcting written exercises, conducted in groups during class time and led by the teacher. The analysis of the scores reveals better student performance, reflecting the usefulness of these exercises for improving the students’ skills in written expression
Key words: multiple-choice tests vs. essay questions / Biology students / self-correction / writing skills / written expression
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