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ERIC Number: EJ1078289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1530-5058
An Anthropologist among the Psychometricians: Assessment Events, Ethnography, and Differential Item Functioning in the Mongolian Gobi
Maddox, Bryan; Zumbo, Bruno D.; Tay-Lim, Brenda; Qu, Demin
International Journal of Testing, v15 n4 p291-309 2015
This article explores the potential for ethnographic observations to inform the analysis of test item performance. In 2010, a standardized, large-scale adult literacy assessment took place in Mongolia as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP). In a novel form of interdisciplinary collaboration, an ethnographer worked closely with psychometric researchers to investigate the sources and explanations of differential item functioning and test item performance. The research involved detailed ethnographic observations of literacy assessment events. The results illustrate the potential for ethnography to provide insights into testing situations, group and test item performance, and to combine with psychometric analysis in cross-cultural assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mongolia
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