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Title:Assessing Knowledge Structure: The Development and Try Out of a Mapping Technique
Author(s):Huang, Shang-Cheng Chiu
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Anderson, Thomas H.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Tests and Measurements
Education, Special
Education, Reading
Abstract:A psychometric instrument that assesses knowledge structure of a school related content domain was developed and tried out. One hundred and thirty-one 8th graders were assigned to either brief or detailed training groups to learn how to take a mapping test. Then, each student received one of the ten experimental treatments which manipulated content instruction, text availability during the test, and student ability factors. The results showed that most students learned how to take mapping test and that the mapping test was sensitive to different levels of content knowledge instruction, memory load, and student ability. When short answer test scores and other school achievement test scores/grades were used as external criteria, the mapping test was found to be concurrently valid. Its content and item validity, interrater reliability, and usability were also examined. Implications of the mapping technique suggested that (a) it can be used to accurately assess content knowledge, (b) it has diagnostic value since it provides a wholistic profile of student's performance, (c) it can be useful when selecting instructional strategies and teaching materials, and (d) it can be used to help students focus their learning or note-taking strategies.
Issue Date:1988
Description:251 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8908713
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1988

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