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ERIC Number: EJ887503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Development of a Valid and Reliable Student-Achievement and Process-Skills Instrument
Bunce, Diane M.; VandenPlas, Jessica R.; Neiles, Kelly Y.; Flens, Elizabeth A.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v39 n5 p50-55 May 2010
Development of a research instrument to measure student achievement requires planning and reliability and validity testing before the instrument is used to collect data. These steps are often overlooked in research studies, but when the instrument is to be used across a wider population, the inclusion of these steps is vital to address the generalizability of the results. Reliability testing ensures that the instrument measures appropriate content to the degree planned by the researcher. This study describes the development of a nationwide student-achievement and process-skills instrument that was tested for both reliability and validity. The instrument was subsequently used in a nationwide study to investigate differences in student learning for both Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and non-POGIL general chemistry students. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A