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An effective test and measurement course in psychology should expose students to a variety of available psychological tests, as well as to the mechanics of test construction and evaluation. In a test and measurement course at the State University of New York's College at Cortland, the course is divided into two components with an overlaying group project. In the first component, students are introduced to fundamental concepts of test design, construction, and evaluation. In the second component, students use these fundamental concepts to evaluate the classic tests in each of the areas represented in psychological measurements. For the group project, students form groups of five members, with each member becoming an "expert" in one of the upper levels of Bloom's taxonomy of cognitive domains (i.e., comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation). Each group develops a test consisting of one question each from the five levels and critically review other groups' tests. The new measure is then validated and administered to a group of subjects along with a second external measure. The approach effectively reinforces the fundamentals of test construction and evaluation, introducing students to one measurement domain in great depth and provides students with the opportunity to work in interrelating, collaborative groups. An organizational chart of the test-creation project is appended. (TGI)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, Higher Education, Psychological Testing, Psychology, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Test Theory

Author: Anderson, Margaret D.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8392&id=ED405027

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