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ERIC Number: EJ859579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-9178
Approaches to Data Analysis of Multiple-Choice Questions
Ding, Lin; Beichner, Robert
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, v5 n2 p020103-1--020103-17 Jul-Dec 2009
This paper introduces five commonly used approaches to analyzing multiple-choice test data. They are classical test theory, factor analysis, cluster analysis, item response theory, and model analysis. Brief descriptions of the goals and algorithms of these approaches are provided, together with examples illustrating their applications in physics education research. We minimize mathematics, instead placing emphasis on data interpretation using these approaches. (Contains 7 tables and 22 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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