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ERIC Number: EJ961980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
The Development and Validation of an All-Encompassing Malaysian-Based Science Process Skills Test for Secondary Schools
Tek, Ong Eng; Tuang, Wong Yew; Yassin, Sopia Md; Baharom, Sadiah; Yahaya, Asmayati
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v34 n2 p203-236 2011
The Malaysian Ministry of Education strongly emphasises the development of science process skills, as evidenced by the stipulation of seven basic and five integrated science process skills into the science curriculum across grade levels and scientific disciplines. As such, there is a pressing need to assess the acquisition of these science process skills amongst secondary school students on a large scale at any one time in an all-encompassing manner. This article reports on a study that aims to develop a valid and reliable Malaysian-based science process skills test for secondary schools. The generation of test items according to a set of a priori criteria or indicators, field testing involving 111 Form 2 students, and item analyses are described. The final set of items for the all-encompassing Malaysian-based science process skills test, earmarked for the main study, consists of 60 questions. It has a KR-20 reliability of 0.88, difficulty indices that range between 0.25-0.75 and discrimination indices above 0.40. These three test characteristics are within the acceptable limits for a reliable test. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM). Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia. Tel: +011-60-4-658-3266; Fax: +011-60-4-657-2541; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia; Pennsylvania