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Educational and Psychological Measurement

Course GEDU 714 | Every spring semester.

Course GEDU 708 | Research Methods in Education

Catalog Description:

General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.

Objectives or Outcomes:

  1. Understanding of the basic theory in measurement of individual differences
  2. Understanding of the models and methods for using data in practical situations, such as, test construction, diagnosis, counseling, selection, and classification
  3. Interpreting test scores and scales
  4. Understanding how tests currently in use were developed, validated, and assessed for reliability
  5. Constructing a test or scale
  6. Evaluating a standardized test

Course Topics:

  1. Measurement scales
  2. Scaling
  3. Ethics
  4. Measurement models-- Classical true model, IRT, and cognitive test theory
  5. Test construction
  6. Evaluation of a test
  7. Reliability
  8. Validity
  9. Item analysis, factor analysis
  10. Test scoring and interpretation

Required Course Textbooks:

Popham, W. J. (1991). Modern educational measurement: A practitioner's perspective (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Carmines, E. G. and Zeller, R. A. (1979). Reliability and validity assessment. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.

DeVellis, R. F. (1991). Scale development: Theory and applications. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Silverlake, A.C. (1999). Comprehending test manuals: A guide and workbook. Los Angeles: Pyrczak Publishing.

Optional Textbooks:

Kim, J., and Mueller, C. W. (1978). Introduction to factor analysis. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.

Suen, H. K. (1990). Principles of test theories. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.