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Analysis of Competitive Learning at University Level in Mexico via Item Response Theory

Coronado Semei, Sandoval-Bravo Salvador, Celso-Arellano Pedro Luis and Torres-Mata Ana
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Torres-Mata Ana: Departamento de Métodos Cuantitativos, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Económico Administrativas, Universidad de Guadalajara, Zapopan, Jalisco, México

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 2018, vol. 9, issue 4, 215-223

Abstract: This paper presents a study of the multiple choice test from the eleventh knowledge tournament for Statistics I, in order to determine whether it instills competitive learning in university students. This research uses Item Response Theory (IRT). The results obtained show that only 27 students (13.43% of the total number of participants) have an acceptable level of ability (1.03 to 2.58), while the level of ability of the rest of the students is not satisfactory (-1.68 to 0.76). The participants are not a group of students seeking to test their knowledge of the subject or looking for an academic challenge. Better strategies for motivating students in terms of competitive learning must be found.

Keywords: Competitive learning; Item response theory; Multiple choice test; Logistic model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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