ERIC Number: ED206714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
An Experimental Comparison of the Effectiveness of Two Domain Definition Strategies for Criterion-Referenced Tests.
Logsdon, David M.
This study examined the effectiveness of two different domain definition strategies in achieving homogeneity of criterion-referenced test items. The argument was tested regarding the extent to which item writers following the Instructional Objectives Exchange (IOX) domain definition strategy for a cognitive skill generate items that are more homogeneous than those generated from the simple objectives strategy for the same skill. An issue of concern was that of the quantity and quality of specifications needed to achieve clarity of definition and precision among the items. The IOX strategy contains four parts: general description, sample item, stimulus attributes, and response attributes. Results showed the IOX specifications as laborious to develop and tedious to follow when generating items. They do, however, prove to be more effective in controlling writers' interpretations and creativity expecially for a more complex skill. Therefore, they do produce a more clearly defined behavior domain. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Domain Specifications; Instructional Objectives Exchange; Item Homogeneity
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Philadelphia, PA, March, 1981).