ERIC Number: ED370992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Validity and Reliability of Concept Mapping as an Alternative Science Assessment when Item Response Theory Is Used for Scoring.
Problems of validity and reliability of concept mapping are addressed by using item-response theory (IRT) models for scoring. In this study, the overall structure of students' concept maps are defined by the number of links, the number of hierarchies, the number of cross-links, and the number of examples. The study was conducted with 92 students in four classes at a junior high school in Canada. Results show that IRT scoring of concept maps is generally valid and reliable. The correlation between IRT ability estimates and the total concept-mapping scores based on a scoring scheme proposed by J. D. Novak is significant, demonstrating that it is valid to score concept maps on the basis of structural characteristics defined by links, hierarchies, cross-links, and examples. The advantage of IRT scoring is reliability. Some computer packages with concept-mapping facilities and IRT scoring are described. One figure and eight tables present study findings. (Contains 29 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Saint Francis Xavier Univ., Antigonish (Nova Scotia).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Concept Maps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).