Assessment and Evaluation of Developmental Learning: Qualitative Individual Assessment and Evaluation Models

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Education - 330 pages
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As the technological demands of a rapidly changing society impact the training needs of the industrial sector, mechanisms for identifying learner strengths as well as weaknesses are needed to optimize the training process. In addition, there is a need for processes for evaluating the effectiveness of programs focused on the developmental needs of learners. Traditional measures, such as norm-referenced paradigms, do not meet the criteria established for developmental assessment. This book will provide the technical details needed to construct instruments as well as evaluate programs using a recently developed technique called item response theory, which meets the criteria for developmental assessment.

 

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Contents

The History of Assessment
1
Constructing a Preliminary Item Bank
29
A Primer on Latent Trait Theory
49
Norm Referenced Assessments
63
Item Response Theory
87
Criterion Referenced Assessments
111
Comparisons Using Assessment Results
149
Measurement in Transition
183
Principles of Developmental Learning
201
Fundamentals of Developmental Learning Theory
215
An Instrument for Studying Developmental Dynamics
245
Bibliography
251
Index 327
255
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About the author (1998)

ROBERT M. HASHWAY is Professor of Education at Grambling State University. He is the author of Objective Mental Measurement (Praeger, 1978), Foundations of Developmental Education (Praeger, 1988), and Handbook of Developmental Education (Praeger, 1990).

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