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Test theory and scale development

Vak 2011-2012

NB Language of instruction is English

Admission requirements

N.a.

Description

The course provides an overview of psychometrics in particular test theory. Test theory is presented from the perspective of both true-score theory and item-response theory including an exposition of reliability and validity in all their facets. Multivariate analysis techniques commonly used in evaluating and analysing tests, such as principal component analysis, logistic regression and discriminant analysis will be presented at a conceptual level.

Course objectives

  • A thorough understanding of the various theories and methodological approaches (data analysis techniques included) which are commonly used in the research programmes that are central to this master (achievement level 2);
  • The ability of critically selecting, studying and analyzing literature relevant to the issues and problems presented by the curriculum and the connected research programmes (5);
  • The ability to independently formulate, perform and assess scientific research at a level suitable to preparing scientific publications (7);
  • The ability to write scientific reports in English (8);
  • Advanced, up to date knowledge of quantitative en qualitative research methodology (9).

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Six lectures
  • Four computer lab sessions

Assessment method

  • Written exam (60%)
  • Oral presentation (40%)

Blackboard

During this course Blackboard is used.

Reading list

  • Furr, R.M. & Bacharach, V.M. (2008). Psychometrics. An introduction.Thousand Oaks: Sage
  • Van Ginkel, J. R. & Kroonenberg, P.M. Syllabus for the course

Registration

Please note that separate uSis registration is mandatory for lectures, seminars, exam and re-exam.

  • Registration for the lectures of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;
  • Registration for the seminars of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;
  • Registration for the exam is possible as of two months through one week before the exam at the latest;
  • Registration for the re-exam is possible as of two months through one week before the re-exam at the latest.

Students who don’t register cannot attend classes or take the (re)exam.

Contact information

Dr. J.R. van Ginkel