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Adaptation of an Instrument for Measuring the Cognitive Complexity of Organic Chemistry Exam Items
Journal of Chemical Education
  • Jeffrey R. Raker, Iowa State University
  • Jaclyn M. Trate, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Thomas Holme, Iowa State University
  • Kristen Murphy, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2013
DOI
10.1021/ed400373c
Abstract
Experts use their domain expertise and knowledge of examinees’ ability levels as they write test items. The expert test writer can then estimate the difficulty of the test items subjectively. However, an objective method for assigning difficulty to a test item would capture the cognitive demands imposed on the examinee as well as be assignable by any domain expert familiar with the examinee group. One such instrument for assigning objective complexity of general chemistry exam items has already been reported. A revised instrument for assigning objective complexity of organic chemistry exam items is presented including the reliability and validity studies of the rubric.
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Reprinted (adapted) with permission from J. Chem. Educ., 2013, 90 (10), pp 1290–1295. Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society.

Copyright Owner
American Chemical Society
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Jeffrey R. Raker, Jaclyn M. Trate, Thomas Holme and Kristen Murphy. "Adaptation of an Instrument for Measuring the Cognitive Complexity of Organic Chemistry Exam Items" Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 90 Iss. 10 (2013) p. 1290 - 1295
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