ERIC Number: ED429091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Measurement Comparability of Paper-and-Pencil and Multimedia Vocational Assessments. ACT Research Report Series 99-1.
Staples, Jane G.; Luzzo, Darrell Anthony
The purpose of this study was to determine the measurement comparability of paper-and-pencil and multimedia versions of two career assessment components in the DISCOVER multimedia career and education planning system. Students in grade 9 (N=606) and 11 (N=416) completed paper-and-pencil and Compact Disc-interactive (CD-i) versions of the Unisex Edition of the American College Testing Inventory (UNIACT) and the Inventory of Work-Relevant Abilities (IWRA). Measurement comparability of the versions was evaluated by comparing mean scale score differences, correlations between corresponding scales, and patterns of scale intercorrelations. In addition, targeted factor analyses were run for UNICAT and principal components analysis for UNIACT and IWRA. The results indicate that the use of pictures and voice-overs in the multimedia versions of the assessments yields scores comparable to those obtained with the paper-and-pencil versions. Appendixes contain the career guidance survey and a discussion of test equating. (Contains 4 figures, 18 tables, and 52 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Testing, Equated Scores, Factor Analysis, Grade 12, Grade 9, High School Students, High Schools, Multimedia Materials, Occupational Tests, Optical Data Disks, Tables (Data), Test Format, Test Use
ACT Research Report Series, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.