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What is it called and how does it work: examining content validity and item design of teacher-made tests
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning, Learning in Engineering Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8889-2562
Purdue University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4847-4526
2018 (English)In: International journal of technology and design education, ISSN 0957-7572, E-ISSN 1573-1804, p. 1-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines content validity in teacher made tests in elementary technology education—an interdisciplinary subject mandatory for all pupils in compulsory school in Sweden. The context of teacher-based assessments relies heavily on trust for teachers to cope with demands. Even though the system is challenged and preconditions for teachers’ assessment practices are not always adequate to support instruction, much is unknown about teachers’ assessment practices. In this explorative study, 30 teacher-designed tests in technology education from 12 elementary schools were scrutinized in regards to content validity and the types of questions used to assess student knowledge supporting technological literacy. The results present the content validity of these tests in its current form, which may call into question the validity in terms of content and ability. Furthermore, the tests indicate how the technology school subject continues to struggle with shifting epistemologies and technologies far removed from pupils’ everyday lives, which seem to contradict the aims and purpose of the subject.

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Springer, 2018. p. 1-22
Keywords [en]
Technology education, Engineering education, Test, Testing, Assessment, Content validity
Keywords [sv]
teknikdidaktik, grundskola, bedömning, validitet, prov, test, likvärdighet
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Educational Sciences
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Technology and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-232852DOI: 10.1007/s10798-018-9463-2ISI: 000483649200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050085580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-232852DiVA, id: diva2:1236714
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Available from: 2018-08-04 Created: 2018-08-04 Last updated: 2019-09-27Bibliographically approved

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