Economics - Report on the Workshop on Better Question Papers in Economics relevance of the evaluation of students performance The University Grants

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Report on the Workshop on ‘Better Question Papers in Economics’ One of the important issues in higher education requiring special attention is the  relevance   of   the   evaluation   of   students’   performance.     The   University   Grants  Commission circulated a Minimum Programme of Examination Reform in 1984.  The Universities of Tamil Nadu in general implemented these reforms.  At present in  the University question papers there are in general three sections.  The first section is  of objective type or requiring one-word answers equally distributed over all the units  of the syllabus and are compulsory questions.   The second section requires short  answers again made compulsory and equally distributed over all the units.  The third  section consists of either/or type questions for each unit of the syllabus.   These  questions require long answers. It is a known fact that these three types of questions naturally test different  abilities of the students.  The autonomous colleges have continuous internal assessment  also.   Therefore, it is necessary to maintain a certain proportion among these various  components.  But in recent years there has been a tendency to give more importance to  objective type or one-word answer questions or memory recall type questions.   This  naturally may lead to an unreliable assessment of the knowledge and abilities of the  students. Hence, with a view to study the present trend in question paper pattern and to  chart out a plan of action, the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education organised  a workshop on “Towards Better Question Papers” on 13 th   July 2002.   This workshop  suggested that a series of workshops be conducted subjectwise, inviting as participants  the Chairmen and Members of the Boards of Studies and question paper setters.  Based 
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on this recommendation, the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education decided to  conduct a series of two-day workshops for each subject with the Chairmen and Members  of Boards of Studies and Members of the Boards of Examiners (question paper setters) as  participants.   The second workshop in this series on Economics was conducted during 20-21  December 2002.  The list of resource persons and participants who participated in this  workshop is given in Annexure 1. During the workshop, after brief introductory remarks by the Resource Persons,  highlighting   the   important   issues   pertaining   to   preparation   of   question   papers,   the  participants  discussed the framework  for the  model question papers with particular  reference to the subject of Economics.  It was felt that even though the syllabus has been 
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Economics - Report on the Workshop on Better Question Papers in Economics relevance of the evaluation of students performance The University Grants

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