ERIC Number: EJ782098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 40
Reconsidering Issues in Validity Theory
Gorin, Joanna S.
Educational Researcher, v36 n8 p456-462 2007
Lissitz and Samuelsen (2007) propose a new framework for validity theory and terminology, emphasizing a shift in theory and practice toward issues of test content rather than constructs. The author of this article argues that several of Lissitz and Samuelsen's critiques of validity theory focus on previously considered, but subsequently discarded, validity conceptualizations. In addition, she suggests that Lissitz and Samuelsen's conceptualization returns to methods shown historically to be problematic for score use and interpretation. In doing so, she highlights developments in validity theory and practice centering on cognitively based examinations of test scores that have contributed to increased understanding of score meaning and stronger validity arguments.
Descriptors: Test Content, Test Validity, Construct Validity, Test Construction, Student Evaluation, Testing, Evaluation Research, Scoring, Scores, Theories, Definitions
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