ERIC Number: ED256342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Development of a Computer Literacy Assessment Instrument.
Torardi, Mary Montag
This report describes the procedures used to construct and validate the Standardized Test of Computer Literacy (STCL), a criterion-referenced instrument designed to assess students' computer literacy. Following a statement of the study problem and purpose, a description of the study methodology outlines the use of a 12-step model for development and validation of criterion-referenced tests as a guide for creating the STCL. The procedures discussed include: (1) defining the content and identifying objectives for the areas of computer attitudes, computer systems, computer applications, and computer programs; (2) gathering computer literacy competencies from the literature, a survey of 90 computer education specialists, and the Computer Anxiety Index and the Beliefs About Computers Scale; (3) development of 156 test items by 15 Iowa State University computer literacy specialists; (4) pilot testing involving empirical item analysis based on administration to 44 college students and judgmental item analysis by 9 computing instructors; and (5) collecting reliability, validity, and normative data on the final 80-item test. Results reported indicate that the STCL was both a valid and reliable measure of computer literacy. Twenty-two references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Anaheim, CA, January 17-23, 1985). For entire proceedings, see IR 011 621.