Brief Constructed Response Item Formats and Examples
Fill in the blank Short answer Label a diagram
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Label a Diagram
"Label a diagram" items require that respondents add labels to provide information about a visual stimulus (e.g., a drawing, diagram, schematic). Activities may include identifying component parts and the arts vocabulary for those parts; materials used for various parts or elements; observed, hypothetical, or anticipated movements; and relationships among parts of a visual representation. These items may be coupled with a short answer to extend and expand upon information supplied through labels.
- Less dependent on writing skills than some other types of brief constructed responses
- Allows for other evidence of learning and understanding
- Tends to encourage student interest and engagement by using visual stimulus
- Lack of familiarity with item type may impact performance
- Ensure that there are multiple anticipated responses; if there is truly only one possible response, consider re-crafting as a selected response item
- Word items so that the response expectations are clear
- Use pictures, diagrams, or other fields that are clear and sufficiently detailed to support response desired
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