ERIC Number: EJ1145915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Development of a Research Methods and Statistics Concept Inventory
Veilleux, Jennifer C.; Chapman, Kate M.
Teaching of Psychology, v44 n3 p203-211 Jul 2017
Research methods and statistics are core courses in the undergraduate psychology major. To assess learning outcomes, it would be useful to have a measure that assesses research methods and statistical literacy beyond course grades. In two studies, we developed and provided initial validation results for a research methods and statistical knowledge concept inventory for eventual use in further scholarship of teaching and learning. In Study 1, we created vignettes and administered open-ended questions to psychology subject pool students. In Study 2, we refined the vignettes and created multiple-choice items using participant responses from Study 1. After administering the measure to psychology subject pool students and a community-based sample of Amazon Mechanical Turk workers, we used item response theory to select 20 items to compose the final Psychological Research Inventory of Concepts.
Descriptors: Psychology, Item Response Theory, Computer Software, Research Methodology, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Statistics, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Vignettes, Multiple Choice Tests, Concept Formation, Measures (Individuals), College Students, Statistical Analysis, Scores, Validity, Employees, College Entrance Examinations, Correlation, Qualitative Research
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