TestAssessment and Validity
Theappearance and administration of a test can get defined as the mannerin which students are given exam papers and supervised during theexam period. It also entails the various forms of tests liketrue-false exams, short essay exams, quantitative exams, multiplechoice ad fill in blank exams. Assessment is a tool that evaluatesthe degrees of learning consistency while the validity of anassessment tool can get defined as the valuation to what extent itmeasures what it was designed for. That is, to what extend an examcovers what was learned in the class (Michael,2000).
Therelationship between appearance and administrations and assessmentvalidity is the nature of a test determines the consistency of thematerial that are being covered. For instance, a test administeredusing the true-false format or multiple choice includes lessermaterials as compared to the short essay exams or quantitative exams.Because short essay exams require a student to elaborate what theyhave learned in the classroom while the multiple choice or true falserequires one to tick one of the presented options. Sometimes it canbe termed as gambling in cases where the student does not knowanything about a question (Marilyn& Kathleen, 2009).
Minimizingcheating in a face-to-face environment
Faceto face examination environment can also be defined as oral exams.These modes of examinations get conducted through spoken words orwhen the students and the examiner can view each other. As opposed tothe traditional method of testing face to face examination techniquesinvolves minimal writing. The face to face mode of examination hasbeen enhanced to curb cases of teaching in tests. Nonetheless,students have found the various means of cheating like usinglistening devices like phones or Bluetooth hearing aids cheat inexams (Donald,Kenneth & Linda, 2012).
Alleducators, including nurse educators have a duty of curbingdishonesty in the examination process. There are many various methodsand techniques to minimize cheating in the test that get administeredin a face to face environment. Some of the ways nurse educators canuse in face to face test environment include ensuring that electronicdevices like Bluetooth hearing devices is not allowed in theclassroom except for the student with hearing problems. Secondly,electronic accessories like phones or tablet or other readingmaterials like a book, candy bar or water bottles should be kept atbay. It is surprising student have devised new methods of changingthe content in water bottle labels and candy bar packages. Thirdly,the nurse teachers should be able to separate the students that arebeing examined from the rest of the group. It is equally critical forthe nurse educators to ensure that the exam question are well securedfrom the students to avoid cases of leakage. The administration ofexams is equally essential. The nurse educators should administer theexam questions randomly. That way, in case any students had the listof exam questions they will not be able to follow up or know whichsequence the questions will get administered. Administering questionsrandomly is also essential because it enhances all topics get coveredwithin the exam period (Herbert,2003).
Actionto take a student who is suspected to be cheating.
Honestyis an essential virtual especially during the exam period. Iunderstand the temptation of scoring high marks to pass an exam or beon the top of the class is great. Many students cheat for the variousreasons like, unpreparedness, laziness, slow in learning and wantingto be the best performer. All teachers have a responsibility to bevigilant during the administration of exams, it is advised thateducators walk around, look at the student’s shoulders, hands anddesks during tests. Nonetheless, many students have devised variousmethodologies of cheating during exams. If I ever caught or suspecteda student was cheating during a test. I will administer differentmethods with regards to the intenseness and means of cheating. If Ifound a student copying from the phone or any electronic device, Iwill cancel the paper and ask the student to come for an exam retakeafter I set a particular date. Because this implies the student, donot even have the necessary knowledge or note from the lectures orclass readings. Also, I will give a strong warning to the studentthat next time I will have to forward their names to theadministration so that they can face further consequences likeexpulsion or discontinuation of studies (Ann & Kathleen,2005).
IfI caught or suspected a student cheating through the use oftextbooks, PDA’s, lecturer note, I will take away the material theyare using and administer them with a fresh set of exam questions. Asan educator, I will warn the students sternly and promise that nexttime I will report them to the school authority. Othermeans of cheating like whispering or passing on the answer to thestudents I will be forced to deduct some from each participatingparty or provide a fresh set of question to each of the participatingstudents. In conclusion, honesty is an essential virtue that needs tobe exercised during exam periods so as to assure well that studentshave gained enough knowledge in the field they get tested. In somecases like a student having a repeated occasions of cheating it isadvisable to notify the parents or arrange a meeting with the parents(Donald,Kenneth & Linda, 2012).
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