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ERIC Number: ED516821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 152
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-4850-5
Measurement in the Service of Mathematics Education Research: The Case of Cognitively Guided Instruction
Helding, Brandon Alan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Arizona State University
The purpose of this dissertation is to demonstrate one iterate of a process for developing a measurement instrument for student knowledge within educational interventions. Student mathematical knowledge is framed within Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) and its tenets. That is, the construct underlying the measurement instrument corresponded with student knowledge in CGI contexts. Similarly, the operational definitions of the construct were taken from the CGI literature on student knowledge and how that knowledge develops over time. Items types and content were arranged according to a Guttman pattern, and administered to kindergarten and first grade students with clinical interviews. Student scores were analyzed using Item Response Theory (IRT) and its methods of locating student knowledge and items on a common, latent continuum. In the IRT modeling of student responses and items, one dimension was ultimately extracted, with minor violations of local independence, resulting in a 2-PL IRT model. The overall model fit well, with expected as estimated Item Characteristic Curves (ICC's) for items. Items fit well, and covered a wide range of values on the latent continuum. Person parameters, however, were unstable in the face of an insufficient sample size and failure to meet assumptions Future rounds of data collection are discussed to improve model fit, provide more stable parameter estimates, and complete additional iterates of the measure building process. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten
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Language: English
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