ERIC Number: ED252544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Research Data on the Measure of Epistemological Reflection: Measuring the Perry Scheme.
Taylor, Marcia B; Porterfield, William D.
This paper describes the Measure of Epistemological Reflection (MER), an instrument to assess cognitive developmental level according to the Perry scheme of intellectual and ethical development. It contains sets of questions for each of the six cognitive domains: decision making, learner role, instructor role in the learning process, peer role in the learning process, evaluation systems, and the nature of truth or reality. The first question focuses the respondent's thinking on the domain while followup questions probe for the justifications for the respondent's thinking. The rating manual has the same format, with specific response examples to reduce inference in the rating process. The MER was administered to four samples of undergraduate and graduate students (n=621). Reliability was explored through interrater agreement (exact agreement percentage on domain ratings and modal total protocal ratings, plus correlation of continuous protocol ratings) and internal consistency (one domain rating's consistency with total protocol ratings across subjects). Validity was investigated three ways: (1) content validity by the match of test domains to the Perry scheme; (2) concurrent validity by comparisons to Measurement of Intellectual Development results; and (3) construct validity by analysis of variance by level of education. (BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Measure of Epistemological Reflection; Perry Scheme of Intellectual Ethical Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Baltimore, MD, April 1984). For a related document, see ED 235 438.