ERIC Number: ED026856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-1
Reference Count: 0
Pilot Project on Computer Generated Test Items.
Osburn, H. G.; Shoemaker, David M.
A computer program generating question series for achievement examinations was presented and the relative reliability of computer-generated and instructor-selected items was investigated. To provide validity for examinations generated by an original computer program, representative processes of construction and sampling were operationally defined. A behavior list representing a molar analysis of essential topics in elementary statistics was prepared from text and class materials, and one or more item forms (performance questions) for each item in the list were defined. The program generated examinations by randomly selecting item forms from each element referenced. Two university level elementary statistics classes received a series of examinations composed of both computer-generated and instructor-selected items. While items selected by an instructor were found to have greater reliability, the computer-generated series evidenced coefficients of an acceptable level. Student reaction was considered favorable, with difficulty and fairness of computer- and instructor-supplied items judged comparable on a post-examination questionnaire. The further development and use of computer-generated examinations were considered substantially encouraged by the obtained data. (SS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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