Do Students Know How Much They Know?
Western Kentuck University - Department of Economics
February 1, 2009
I use data for 331 students who, combined, took 2,230 quizzes in an introductory statistics class. I compare the actual quiz scores with students' post-test predictions of what their scores would be to study how well the students can judge their own performance. I find that (1) self-evaluations are biased upward, (2) better students predict their scores more accurately, (3) self-evaluation accuracy is worse when the material is difficult, (4) there is compelling evidence that students improve their self-evaluation accuracy over time (5) on an individual level, students self-evaluation errors are persistent.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
JEL Classification: A2, A22, A29working papers series
Date posted: March 20, 2010
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