Tips for using MC questions to highlight a misconception

Matthew Evans

I’ve been fortunate to observe a number of colleagues using multiple choice questions in their teaching recently. Sometimes these were being used to promote recall of previously taught material. Others were using MC questions to highlight misconceptions.

The design and use of MC questions for highlighting misconceptions seems to be a tougher thing to get right. The problematic aspects appear to be around deciding when to employ this assessment approach, how to design the question/s and how to maximise the learning opportunity.

Here are some tips:

1. Be selective about when you use MC questions to highlight misconceptions. They work best when you can identify errors which often occur in relation to the topic or concept. It really helps less experienced teachers if these common misconceptions are highlighted in the scheme of work.

2. Make sure there is at least one credible ‘distractor’ answer, probably more than one.

3. Don’t…

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