ERIC Number: ED038839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Item Writing--I. Spelling Items.
Fremer, John; Anastasio, Ernest J.
Computers have been used successfully in test assembly following the cooperation of test specialists and computer specialists in systematic analyses of the test-assembly process. Systematic exploration of the item-writing process may well make it possible for the computer to take on some of the less creative portions of item writing. The current study demonstrates the potential usefulness of the computer as a tool for an item writer. A spelling item type was used for this demonstration, as it seemed to have the fewest facets or dimensions. An analysis was then made of the types of misspellings which are used by writers of spelling items. A set of error-generation rules was developed and a computer program [The MISSPELLER] was written. A sample of words was fed into the computer and a list of misspelled words, separated into previously defined error categories was created. The list was then evaluated by spelling-test developers and judged to be a useful resource. Other more complex item types are now being studied. Appendices contain samples of the printouts obtained. (Author/JY)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.