ERIC Number: ED189198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Practical Methodology for the Systematic Development of Multiple Choice Tests.
Blumberg, Phyllis; Felner, Joel
Using Guttman's facet design analysis, four parallel forms of a multiple-choice test were developed. A mapping sentence, logically representing the universe of content of a basic cardiology course, specified the facets of the course and the semantic structural units linking them. The facets were: cognitive processes, disease priority, specific disease, and clinical judgment stage. Developing items from specification strings was simpler and quicker than developing items from objectives without specific guidelines. Due to logistical problems, only two of the four parallel forms originally planned were actually used. Although this increased the number of times each item was used, it did not violate the theoretical methodology, nor the notion that the tests were parallel. The tests will be field tested with fourth-year medical students at five medical schools, to establish their parallel forms reliability. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Heart and Lung Inst. (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Medical Center.
Identifiers: Facet Analysis; Guttman Facet Design Technique; Test Equivalence
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Boston, MA, April 8-10, 1980).