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ERIC Number: ED308203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Validity of Translations of a Cosmetology Licensure Examination.
Bolton, David L.; And Others
A study was conducted to assess the validity of translations of two different forms of a licensing examination for cosmetologists in Florida to ensure that both Spanish and English candidates have equal chances of being licensed. The LISREL computer program was used to test the equivalence of factor structure, units of measurement, and standard errors of measurement between the original examination and the translations of the two forms. Data was from the administration of the Florida Cosmetology Licensure Examination in 1987, with 1,081 subjects taking English Form 1, 1,063 taking English Form 2, 151 taking Spanish Form 1, and 132 taking Spanish Form 2. All tests were written multiple-choice examinations containing 100 items. Initial results indicated that the goodness of fit of the translation of Form 2 to the model was not adequate. A team of consultants and Spanish cosmetologists revised this translation for further testing on samples of 1,136 examinees taking the English and 180 examinees taking the Spanish versions. Results indicate that the use of factor analysis was a feasible way to assess the construct validity of the examination. Preliminary analysis indicated a weakness in translation of one form, but analysis of data from a subsequent revision of the translation produced a more acceptable fit. At subsequent analysis, parameter modification indices indicated areas of concern, and it was concluded that further research should be done to indicate how factor analysis can help rectify areas of concern. Six tables of correlation matrices are appended. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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