ERIC Number: ED417429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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Assessing Knowledge and Cognitive Skills.
Schumacher, Bradley K.; West, Daniel V.; Angell, Lance R.
This paper reports on an assessment of the cognitive skills section of the "Test of Communication Knowledge." The test was designed by Dr. Rebecca B. Rubin to evaluate learning by undergraduate communication majors in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University (Ohio). In particular, the test is based on a set of communication skills identified as important by a panel of educators, employers, and policy makers and comes from a project designed to meet National Education Goal 5.5, which demands the identification of speaking, listening, writing, and critical thinking skills that should be possessed by college graduates (Jones, 1994). The primary concern in this paper was the general reliability and validity of the cognitive skills section of the test. However, the item discrimination index was used to assess the ability of a test question to discriminate between those who did well on the exam from those who did not do well (i.e., between an expert group and a novice group). Preliminary results suggest that some of the items in the cognitive skills section of the test could be improved to be more reliable and valid. (The cognitive skills section of the "Test of Communication Knowledge" (Revised), the categorized skills college graduates should possess, and the results of qualitative and quantitative item analysis are appended.) Contains 17 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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