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ERIC Number: ED133372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
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Evidence for a Phase and Stage Developmental Sequence Derived from Response Patterns on Multiple Choice Tests.
Powell, J. C.
The results of five studies into the characteristics of wrong answers as a class of divergent behavior are presented. The evidence from these studies, when taken in combination, suggests that the tendency of researchers to ignore wrong answers has been a fundamental procedural error of broad scope and serious consequences. Instead of the straight line development commonly found when right answers are considered alone, evidence for a phase and stage sequence was found. These results contradict the use of linear models to describe development. Implications to education, to research procedures, to test theory and analysis, and to learning theory are drawn. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Career Development, Developmental Stages, Divergent Thinking, Multiple Choice Tests, Response Style (Tests), Statistical Analysis, Test Theory, Testing Problems
J.C. Powell, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, 600 Third Concession Road, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9B-3P4 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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