ERIC Number: ED075273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Social Studies Concept Attainment: Boys and Girls. Report from the Project on A Structure of Concept Attainment Abilities.
Harris, Margaret L.; Tabachnick, B. Robert
This paper describes test development efforts for measuring achievement of selected concepts in social studies. It includes descriptive item and test statistics for the tests developed. Twelve items were developed for each of 30 concepts. Subject specialists categorized the concepts into three major areas: Geographic Region, Man and Society, and Map and Globe Study. The items were administered during early summer of 1970 to 196 girls who had just completed the fifth grade and during the fall of 1970 to 195 boys who had just begun the sixth grade. Some of the major conclusions are: 1) reliability estimates obtained for both total concept scores and total task scores are sufficiently high to warrant study of the dimensionality of these social studies concepts and the dimensionality of the tasks when using social studies content; 2) the three area distinctions seem not to be important ones; 3) the difficulty item indices obtained indicate that these items are of appropriate difficulty levels for these subjects; and 4) almost all the items have desirable levels of discrimination indices when the item is both a part of a concept criterion score and a task criterion score. Related reports from the Project are ED 065 894 and ED 068 410. (FDI)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Research and Development Centers Branch.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.