ERIC Number: ED230588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Including Humor in Test Items.
McMorris, Robert F.; And Others
Two 50-item multiple-choice forms of a grammar test were developed differing only in humor being included in 20 items of one form. One hundred twenty-six (126) eighth graders received the test plus alternate forms of a questionnaire. Humor inclusion did not affect grammar scores on matched humorous/nonhumorous items nor on common post-treatment items, nor affect anxiety. Students favored humor inclusion on tests, judged effects of humor positively, and estimated humorous items to be easier. Humor did not lower performance but was sought by the students. Potential for more valid and humane measurement is discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; Parallel Test Forms
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Montreal, Quebec, April 12-14, 1983).