I have a perplexing issue that has grabbed me for the past few weeks. I
have multiple-choice quizzes for my large class. During the past 5 years
I have developed three levels of questions: recall, concept application,
and concept extension, with concept extension splitting into "near
transfer" and "far transfer". I consistently get results in all class
averages that "recall" gets 75% correct, "application" gets about 70%
correct, "near transfer" about the same, and "far transfer" only 50%.
These are team scores, after people discuss the quiz items in their
I have no idea how to baseline these results. Is 50% good for far
transfer or even typical? (In far transfer, people need to apply a
concept to a novel situation, one they have never seen in class or in
Your reactions are appreciated!