Physics: Open-ended questions


The purpose of this handbook is to aid the introduction of open-ended questions as an instrument of assessment.

An open-ended question may be defined as one for which there is no fixed response. Many teachers already present open-ended questions verbally during lessons to establish the depth of understanding of students before continuing with a lesson.

  • Curriculum area / Subject

    • Higher (Physics)
    • Higher - revised 2011 (Physics)
  • Level / Stage

    • Higher
  • Date

    27/08/2010 15:46:09
  • Status

    Currently In Use
  • Type

    NQ Support Materials
  • Advice to Users

    Users should check that documents conform with current SQA Arrangements.

  • Author

    Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)
  • Publisher

    Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)

  • Copyright

    Copyright Learning and Teaching Scotland

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