ERIC Number: ED167625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Three Recent Methods for the Identification and Validation of Learning Hierarchies.
Griffiths, Alan K.; Cornish, Alan G.
This paper reviews methods which have been used to identify and validate learning hierarchies. Specifically, three methods which reflect the notion of a relatively inviolate sequence are discussed and compared. Two of the psychometric methods compare pairs of skills, the ordering-theoretic method (Bart and Krus) and the test of inclusion (White and Clark). Dayton and Macready's method considers the hierarchy as a whole. Logical and empirical analysis with respect to the application of each of these methods to a common set of data (regarding a tenth grade chemistry concept) are reported. Results suggest that each method has some advantages. A modification of the White and Clark test, which enhances its generalizability, is also described. (Author/RD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Expectancy Tables, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Learning, Mathematical Models, Organization, Psychometrics, Research Methodology, Research Reviews (Publications), Sequential Learning, State of the Art Reviews, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Studies, Validity
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Guttman Scale; Learning Hierarchies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)