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Assembling an item-bank for computerised linear and adaptive testing in Geography


Kristian Leonard Burghof
kburghof@aol.com
Flinders University School of Education

  

 

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Abstract

An item-bank is a relatively large collection of easily accessible items stored in a database, categorised and coded by topic, year level, item type, graphic file source, thinking skills and processes from Blooms Taxonomy and item difficulty. This paper summarises the procedures used in planning, assembling, calibrating and entering items into a database for an item-bank for computerised linear and adaptive testing in Geography.

The process of item banking took approximately six months to assemble 152 multiple-choice items (questions) relating to Geography used to assess a Year 8/9 topic on maps and mapping skills. It is also the first time a calibrated item-bank has been assembled for computerised linear and adaptive testing in Geography, since other areas such as Mathematics, Science (e.g. Physics and Chemistry), English and Languages Other Than English (LOTE) (e.g. Spanish, French and German) are currently available. Some exemplars of items are highlighted.

item-bank, computerised linear on-line testing (LOT), computerised adaptive testing (CAT), item calibration, database

 

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Burghof , K.L. (2001) Assembling an item-bank for computerised linear and adaptive testing in Geography. International Education Journal, 2 (4), 74-83.
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