ERIC Number: ED174976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Construction of an Instrument to Measure Elementary Teachers' Knowledge of a Subskills Approach to Teaching Reading. Technical Report No. 501.
An instrument to assess elementary school teachers' knowledge of a subskills approach to teaching reading has been developed. In the first phase of the development, an outline of test content was devised and submitted to four reading authorities for evaluation. The second phase involved writing and selecting items for the preliminary test form. Based on the test outline, a pool of multiple choice items was generated and subsequently reviewed by persons knowledgeable in the subject matter area. The items were then revised or replaced based on the reviewers' comments. A further check on content validity was made when knowledgeable persons keyed the items and furnished information for improving the preliminary test form. The third phase involved field testing the preliminary test form with elementary teachers, analyzing and revising the items based on the field tryout data, and reassessing content validity of the revised instrument. In the final phase, the revised instrument was subjected to a field tryout with 104 teachers. The resulting data were examined to determine reliability and content validity. A review of the test development process indicated that it was highly probable that the instrument does demonstrate content validity. This conclusion is based on the cumulative evidence that content validity was built into the instrument from the beginning. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.