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Title:Developing ideal intermediate items for the ideal point model
Author(s):Cao, Mengyang
Advisor(s):Drasgow, Fritz
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):ideal point model
intermediate items
item response theory
personality measures
vocational interest measures
Abstract:The importance of intermediate items has been overlooked for years ever since the prevalence of using dominance-based Likert scales in measuring personality and vocational interests. Rather, intermediate items were usually discarded in dominance scale constructions as they were believed to perform poorly in item discrimination (Chernyshenko, Stark, Drasgow, & Roberts, 2007). The current study aims to recognize the importance of intermediate items by showing that they can be perfectly calibrated by the ideal point model. 355 college students were selected to answer a series of personality and vocational interest measures including self-developed intermediate items. Results showed that personality and vocational interest scales demonstrated satisfactory model fits to the ideal point model, but not to the dominance model. Intermediate items also provided more information than extreme items did for respondents with extreme latent traits. Among the four domains (Frequency, Average, Condition, and Transition, “FACT”) of constructing intermediate items, the Average domain was found to exhibit best performance in showing unfolding curves. The possibility of utilizing the results of this study to develop a guideline of writing intermediate items, as well as to construct computerized adaptive tests based on the ideal point model, was also discussed in the paper.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Mengyang Cao
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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