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Abstract Title: Appropriate Use of Assessments through Applications of Validity Theoretical Framework
Abstract: When developers of assessment instruments, such as concept inventories or attitudinal surveys, share an instrument for others to use, they routinely provide some type of evidence of validity when they publish. In turn, the publication provides instructors, researchers, and evaluators with more tools to use for assessment and evaluation. However, there is no single methodology that can be used to generate a perfectly valid assessment instrument. In the end, all assessment instruments have strengths and limitations. The highest quality assessment instruments have been developed and studied for very specific purposes. Yet, others may want to use the instrument for different purposes. Therefore, there is a need to discuss what evidence is needed before using a published instrument. The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss in practical terms how to determine whether an assessment instrument is appropriate for a given use.
Abstract Type: Plenary

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kerrie A. Douglas
Purdue University