Accession Number:

ADA080262

Title:

Algorithms for Developing Test Questions from Sentences in Instructional Materials: an Extension of an Earlier Study

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Sep 1977-Sep 1978

Corporate Author:

OREGON STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION MONMOUTH

Report Date:

1980-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this effort was to extend or replicate an earlier study that examined the feasibility of generating multiple-choice test questions by transforming sentences from prose instructional materials. In that study, a computer-based algorithm was used to analyze prose subject matter and to identify high-information words. Sentences containing selected words were than transformed into multiple-choice items by four writers who generated foils or question alternatives informally and by an algorithmic method. These items were then organized into tests and administered to 24 college students before and after they had studied the instructional materials.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE