ERIC Number: ED292879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Methodology for Defining Content Domains for Achievement Measures in Specific Disciplines.
Terwilliger, James S.
The method presented is a means of determining the communality of the content of two or more texts in the same knowledge domain. The discipline studied was physics. Undergraduate curricula at 59 colleges were studied to determine consensus among the textbooks with respect to general program requirements and specific course offerings. Chapter subheadings were used as a suitable unit for content analysis and comparisons. An index of correspondence was derived, based on the subheadings. This method is a useful technique for indexing consensus in a subject matter domain and is especially useful in disciplines where textbooks are the primary vehicle for learning. Implications for measuring achievement in physics are discussed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (New Orleans, LA, April 6-8, 1988).