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Abstract Title: What do students do when they retake an exam in small groups?
Abstract: "Pyramid exams" (a.k.a. "two-phase exams") are tests in which students first take the test once on their own, turn that copy in, and then take the test again in randomly-assigned small groups. Those of us who use pyramid exams are convinced that students learn more from the test-taking experience than they would with a traditional, individual-only exam. But what do students actually DO in these situations? To address this question, we did some data-mining. Using data on students' answers and scores on each question of the exam and comparing their individual responses to the responses they chose while in the group (where group members were not required to agree), we examined the ways that students change their responses (or don't) from the individual to the group phase, and identified patterns of individual and group behavior.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

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