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ERIC Number: EJ1062685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: EISSN-2161-4210
Detecting Items That Function Differently for Two- and Four-Year College Students
Thelk, Amy
Research & Practice in Assessment, v3 p23-27 Win 2008
Differential Item Functioning (DIF) occurs when there is a greater probability of solving an item based on group membership after controlling for ability. Following administration of a 50-item scientific and quantitative reasoning exam to 286 two-year and 1174 four-year students, items were evaluated for DIF. Two-year students performed better-than-expected on 13 items and worse than expected on 10 items. Reasons for DIF are explored, along with the importance of conducting this type of study
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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