ERIC Number: EJ1101509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Establishing the Validity of Using Network Analysis Software for Measuring Students' Mental Storage of Chemistry Concepts
Neiles, Kelly Y.; Todd, Ivy; Bunce, Diane M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n5 p821-831 May 2016
When designing a chemistry education research study it is important that the researcher select or create assessment instruments and methodologies that are valid. This ensures that correct interpretations can be made from the data collected using the instrument or methodology. The two studies described here introduce a novel method for investigating students' structural knowledge of chemistry topics using a program called Pathfinder. In these studies, the Pathfinder program is investigated for validity (content, construct, criterion, and concurrent), as well as its sensitivity to changes in students' structural knowledge. Once shown to be valid when used properly, the Pathfinder program can then be employed in future chemistry education research studies to investigate students' structural knowledge.
Descriptors: Network Analysis, Courseware, Measurement Techniques, Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Tests, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Investigations, Test Validity, Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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