ERIC Number: ED129905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Frequency and Quality of Measures Utilized in Federally-Sponsored Research on Children and Adolescents.
Heyneman, Stephen P.; Mintz, Pamela Cope
Every test intended for use in federally-funded research on children or youth during fiscal year 1975 was placed on a list. The list enentually comprised the titles of 1,570 instruments. The question pursued was whether there would be any realtionship between an instrument's quality and the frequenc with which it was used. For measures of quality the numerical ratings published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Test Evaluation were used. As a measure of usage the number of times an instrument was mentioned in 3,538 research proposal was conducted. There did appear to be a positive relationship between the qualit of tests and their frequency of use. A preference for the better rated instruments was particularly evident with tests of academic achievement. More equivocal results appeared in tests of vocational skills and intelliegnce, thoug in certain respects researchers were definitely using the better of those available in these two categories. The anomaly was in the categories of reading tests and tests of personality where the higher rated of the tests had no better chance of being utilized than those judged to be of poor quality. Particular areas such as in reading and personality where the higher rated tests were less likely to be used might point to the need for special attention when choosing instruments for future research (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Adolescents, Aptitude Tests, Business Education, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Programs, Fine Arts, Intelligence Tests, Language Tests, Mathematics, Occupational Tests, Perceptual Motor Learning, Personality Measures, Reading Tests, Research Projects, Research Proposals, Sciences, Social Studies, Test Reviews, Test Selection, Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Social Research Group.