ERIC Number: ED395971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Appraising the Cognitive Features of Subject Tests.
The aim of this study was to develop a procedure that could be used to appraise the cognitive features of subject (achievement) tests. Cognitive taxonomies and an accompanying coding scheme were developed and applied to the Graduate Record Examinations subject tests in Psychology and Literature in English. The taxonomies were based on the manifest cognitive content of the test items. Cognitive Demand and Aspects of Knowledge taxonomies were prepared, and two coders were trained to evaluate the tests using the developed taxonomies. The cognitive profiles of these two tests were found to be strikingly different, indicating that the taxonomies were operating as intended. Ways of improving and extending the procedure are discussed. The taxonomies and the coding procedure developed provide new instruments for appraising the cognitive demands and aspects of knowledge contained in the items of contemporary subject tests. (Contains 6 tables and 13 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Graduate Record Examinations; Subject Content Knowledge