ERIC Number: ED228291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Social-Interaction Factors in Test-Taking Behavior: Methods Being Used to Develop a Checklist from Observation of High School Students During Testing.
Belz, Helene F.
Described here are methods being worked out, inductively, to convert to quantifiable factors a set of 144 personal interaction variables observed during individual testing of a multi-cultural sample of 50 high school students referred for school problems. Factor analyses of subsets of variables and comparison of correlations among "factor scores" have been most effective. Observations were for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC); a parallel study for the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) is in process. The goal is a checklist for extraneous interactions for use in studies of culturally based factors which interfere with students' functioning when they are tested or when they are aroused by tutorial or evaluative figures, generally, and thereby lead to"false positives" in the assessment of disabilities. Tentative conclusions are: (1) that the same observed behavior, e.g., "smiles," may signal different things on different subtests; (2) that both subtest-specific and more general cross-subtest factors can be identified; (3) that related sets of factors, or syndromes which seem to function as macroprocesses, can be recognized; and (4) that style factors consisting of positively and negatively loaded variables were significantly related to ethnicity, but not to other demographic variables in the sample. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983). Several tables and figures in the text have been improved for legibility and are provided as an attachment.