ERIC Number: EJ893693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 21
Measurement Issues in Assessment
Volkwein, J. Fredericks; Yin, Alexander C.
New Directions for Institutional Research, nS1 spec iss p141-154 Aut 2010
This chapter summarizes ten selected issues and common problems that arise in most assessment research projects. These include: (1) the uses of grades in assessment; (2) institutional review boards; (3) research design as a compromise; (4) standardized testing; (5) self-reported measures; (6) missing data; (7) weighting data; (8) conditional effects; (9) hierarchical linear modeling versus ordinary least squares; and (10) causation and correlation. To a critical faculty audience, these data analysis and measurement problems can be show-stoppers if they are not properly handled or defended. The authors offer some constructive suggestions for assessment researchers.
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Methodology, Standardized Tests, Least Squares Statistics, Data Analysis, Research Projects, Error of Measurement, Measurement, Research Problems, Weighted Scores, Correlation, Structural Equation Models, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Grades (Scholastic), Institutional Characteristics
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Education Level: Adult Education
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