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Developing and validating multiple-choice test items / Thomas M. Haladyna

Main Author Haladyna, Thomas M. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Hillsdale : LEA, 1994 Description XII, 227 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-8058-1206-7 CDU 371.26
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This is the most current and comprehensive book devoted to item writing. It addresses the related topics of multiple-choice test item development and validation of responses to these test items -- two critical steps in the development of any cognitive test. In so doing, the volume provides a conceptual basis for item writing, reviews the issue of constructed- versus selected-response testing, presents a variety of formats, provides guidance in developing items as well as a basis for reviewing, evaluating, and improving items, and speculates about the future of item development and validation.

This book helps readers better understand the concepts, principles, and procedures available to build better test items that will lead to more reliable tests of ability and achievement.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. vii)
  • I A Foundation for Multiple-Choice Testing
  • 1 The Importance of Item Development for Validity (p. 3)
  • 2 Content and Cognitive Processes (p. 19)
  • 3 Item Formats (p. 41)
  • II Developing MC Test Items
  • 4 MC Formats (p. 67)
  • 5 Guidelines for Developing MC Items (p. 97)
  • 6 A Casebook of Exemplary Items and Innovative Item Formats (p. 127)
  • 7 Item Generation (p. 148)
  • III Validity Evidence Arising From Item Development and Item Response Validation
  • 8 Validity Evidence Coming From Item Development Procedures (p. 183)
  • 9 Validity Evidence Coming From Statistical Study of Item Responses (p. 202)
  • 10 Using Item Response Patterns to Study Specific Problems (p. 230)
  • IV The Future of Item Development and Item Response Validation
  • 11 New Directions in Item Writing and Item Response Validation (p. 259)
  • References (p. 277)
  • Author Index (p. 297)
  • Subject Index (p. 303)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Coming from an author with excellent research background on the topic, the book provides a rationale for using multiple-choice items in educational measurement and offers various types of multiple-choice item formats. It is based on an extensive analysis of research studies and provides excellent suggestions (along with examples) for writing effective multiple-choice test items. In keeping with the current trends in cognitive emphases in educational practice, suggestions are provided for writing items that measure higher level thinking and learning. Haladyna offers item-writing rules and editorial review procedures, and examines traditional and current statistical procedures for the analysis of item response patterns, and for the detection of item bias. He offers an analysis of the factors affecting the future trends of multiple-choice test construction and validation in the light of changing national policies, theoretical emphases, and educational practice. Excellent bibliography. Recommended for upper-level undergraduate and graduate collections emphasizing educational measurement. P. Anand; Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

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