ERIC Number: ED164559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation Instrument for Appraising the Health Knowledge of Seventh Grade Students Participating in a Special School Health Education Project.
Secarea, Rebecca V.; Olsen, Larry K.
A multiple-choice test was developed to assess cognitive gains resulting from participation in the School Health Education Curriculum Project. The test was intended for seventh grade students, and was based on curricular objectives in the cognitive domain: knowledge, comprehension, application, and evaluation. Educators who were familiar with the project curriculum reviewed the items, and trial tests were administered to 159 students. After the items were reviewed for acceptable discrimination, difficulty, distractor functioning, skewness, and reliability, a 47-item revised test resulted. One conclusion of this study was that the sentence completion method of developing distractor responses for multiple choice items provided a practical means of retaining the thoughts and vernacular of students for whom the test was intended. Additional testing was recommended to acquire additional data on reliability, validity, and norms. It was also suggested that more items be developed in the areas of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. (GDC)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Grade 7, Health Education, Junior High Schools, Multiple Choice Tests, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Larry K. Olsen, Chair, Health Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281 (for a copy of the test)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: School Health Education Curriculum Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American School Health Association (48th, New York, New York, October 13, 1974)