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ERIC Number: EJ930573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1644
Applying Item Response Theory Methods to Examine the Impact of Different Response Formats
Hohensinn, Christine; Kubinger, Klaus D.
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v71 n4 p732-746 Aug 2011
In aptitude and achievement tests, different response formats are usually used. A fundamental distinction must be made between the class of multiple-choice formats and the constructed response formats. Previous studies have examined the impact of different response formats applying traditional statistical approaches, but these influences can also be studied using methods of item response theory to deal with incomplete data. Response formats can influence item attributes in two ways: different response formats could cause items to measure different latent traits or they could contribute differently to item difficulty. In contrast to previous research, the present study examines the impact of response formats on item attributes of a language awareness test applying different item response theory models. Results indicate that although the language awareness test contains items with different response formats, only one latent trait is measured; no format-specific dimensions were found. Response formats do, however, have a distinct impact on the difficulty of the items. In addition to the effects of the three administered item types, a fourth component that makes items more difficult was identified. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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