Open Book Examination: Struggling Learners’ Motivation & Academic Achievement in Physics at Secondary level

Tariq Javed, Dr. Farkhunda Rasheed Choudhary


The weaknesses of the learning disabilities of the struggling learners can be converted into strengths through motivation and the mechanism of open book examination at secondary level, which is the main theme of the paper. The content of the three chapters including Gravitation, work and energy, and properties of matter from the book of physics (part-I) at secondary level were selected for the present study. The participants of the study were 54 students of class IX, half of the participants (N=27) were not permitted to use helping materials (Close book Exam group) during formative assessment phase, (open book exam group); while other half of the students (N=27) were allowed to use notes, books and other helping materials in order to answer the questions and received four to five questions on daily basis for three weeks from the content of respective lessons through formative assessment. An eye-opener test was conducted at the end of fourth week of the study, it was found that motivation level and performance of open book examination group was better than closed group examination group.
Key words: Open-book, Closed-book, Motivation, Assessment, Formative Assessment

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