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American Journal of Physics
written by Gary A. Morris, Lee Branum-Martin, Nathan Harshman, Stephen D. Baker, Eric Mazur, Suvendra Dutta, Taha Mzoughi, and Veronica McCauley
We present a simple technique for evaluating multiple-choice questions and their answers beyond the usual measures of difficulty and the effectiveness of distractors. The technique involves the construction and qualitative consideration of item response curves and is based on item response theory from the field of education measurement. To demonstrate the technique, we apply item response curve analysis to three questions from the Force Concept Inventory. Item response curve analysis allows us to characterize qualitatively whether these questions are efficient, where efficient is defined in terms of the construction, performance, and discrimination of a question and its answer choices. This technique can be used to develop future multiple-choice examination questions and a better understanding of results from existing diagnostic instruments.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 74, Issue 5, Pages 449-453
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© 2006 American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/1.2174053
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
diagnostic instruments, item response curve analysis, test evaluation technique
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Metadata instance created June 25, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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G. Morris, L. Branum-Martin, N. Harshman, S. Baker, E. Mazur, S. Dutta, T. Mzoughi, and V. McCauley, Am. J. Phys. 74 (5), 449 (2006), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2174053).
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G. Morris, L. Branum-Martin, N. Harshman, S. Baker, E. Mazur, S. Dutta, T. Mzoughi, and V. McCauley, Testing the test: Item response curves and test quality, Am. J. Phys. 74 (5), 449 (2006), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2174053>.
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Morris, G., Branum-Martin, L., Harshman, N., Baker, S., Mazur, E., Dutta, S., Mzoughi, T., & McCauley, V. (2006, May 1). Testing the test: Item response curves and test quality. Am. J. Phys., 74(5), 449-453. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2174053
Chicago Format
Morris, G, L. Branum-Martin, N. Harshman, S. Baker, E. Mazur, S. Dutta, T. Mzoughi, and V. McCauley. "Testing the test: Item response curves and test quality." Am. J. Phys. 74, no. 5, (May 1, 2006): 449-453, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2174053 (accessed 18 December 2014).
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Morris, Gary, Lee Branum-Martin, Nathan Harshman, Stephen Baker, Eric Mazur, Suvendra Dutta, Taha Mzoughi, and Veronica McCauley. "Testing the test: Item response curves and test quality." Am. J. Phys. 74.5 (2006): 449-453. 18 Dec. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2174053>.
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