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ERIC Number: EJ1002248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
An Instrument to Assess Beliefs about Standardized Testing: Measuring the Influence of Epistemology on the Endorsement of Standardized Testing
Magee, Robert G.; Jones, Brett D.
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v12 p71-82 2012
This article describes the development of an instrument to assess beliefs about standardized testing in schools, a topic of much heated debate. The Beliefs About Standardized Testing scale was developed to measure the extent to which individuals support high-stakes standardized testing. The 9-item scale comprises three subscales which measure beliefs about objectivity and knowledge, the utility of tests as a criterion for retaining students, and the use of tests in rewarding teachers. The scale's factorial structure and internal consistency were assessed in Study 1 (N = 142). The scale's utility in predicting responses to items from the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll was demonstrated in Study 2 (N = 161). Results provided evidence of the reliability and validity of the scale scores and its subscale scores. Respondents' acceptance of the notion that objective and unbiased knowledge is possible and desirable was associated with a greater likelihood of endorsing standardized testing. Effective dialogue about standardized testing should consider how differences in worldviews can shape individuals' beliefs about standardized testing. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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