MAY 2003 ANNUAL DINNER MEETING
INTUITIVE TEST THEORY
University of Maryland
In this talk I will discuss some about “phenomenological primitives” (p-prims) about testing and assessment. (“P-prims” is a term coined by the psychologist Andrea diSessa to explain why people have incorrect notions about science, such as “heavy objects fall faster than light objects”.) This talk will show some of the testing p-prims we have recognized in our experiences, and think about the implications of intuitive test theory for educational policy. Here are some examples of test theory p-prims:
Robert Mislevy is a Professor in the Department of Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation at the University of Maryland. Previously, Dr. Mislevy was a Distinguished Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service, where he had worked since 1984. Dr. Mislevy’s research interests center on applying developments in statistics, cognitive psychology, and technology to practical problems in educational and psychological measurement. His current projects include simulation-based assessment of troubleshooting in computer networks with the Cisco Learning Institute, and a design framework for assessing inquiry in science, with SRI International. More information on his current work can be found on his web site at http://www.education.umd.edu/EDMS/mislevy.
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