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To Pop or Not?

A Discussion of Pop Quizzes as Learning Assessments

By Loren Naidoo, Baruch College & The Graduate Center, CUNY

Pop quiz: who was the first president of SIOP?

It was Bruce V. Moore, 1945-46! By the way, for a taste of the swashbuckling early days of I-O psychology, check out his SIOP president autobiography—I love how he casually tosses around names like Thorndike, James, and Thurstone!

Anyway, as I just clearly demonstrated, everyone loves pop quizzes! OK, fine, some people love trivia—nobody loves pop quizzes. Or do they? Or, if they hate them, maybe that’s OK, because they work? These are the questions I’m going to try to answer in this column!

Let me describe why I’m writing about this. I often teach large undergraduate classes of about 115 students. Years ago I invested a lot of time developing multiple choice exams (usually four/semester) that require more than memorization of definitions. It was a huge amount of work initially, though relatively easy to administer and grade. ...Continued reading in the recent issue of TIP!


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