An application of the Rasch measurement theory to an assessment of geometric thinking levels

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dc.contributor.author Stols, Gerrit H.
dc.contributor.author Long, Caroline
dc.contributor.author Dunne, Tim
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-24T09:44:35Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-24T09:44:35Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to apply the Rasch model to investigate both the Van Hiele theory for geometric development and an associated test. In terms of the test, the objective is to investigate the functioning of a classic 25-item instrument designed to identify levels of geometric proficiency. The data set consists of responses by 244 students (106 for a pre-test and 138 for a post-test) of which 76 students sat both the pre-test and the post-test. The summary item statistics do not show statistically discernible differences between observed and expected scores under the Rasch model (Chi-square statistic). The Rasch analysis confirms to some strong extent the Van Hiele theory of geometric development. The study identifies some problematic test items as they only require knowledge of a specific aspect of geometry instead of testing geometric reasoning. In terms of the Van Hiele theory, the Rasch analyses identified as problematic some items about class inclusion, an issue which has also been raised in other studies. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-01-31 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rmse20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Gerrit Stols, Caroline Long & Tim Dunne (2015) An Application of the Rasch Measurement Theory to an Assessment of Geometric Thinking Levels, African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 19:1, 69-81, DOI: 10.1080/10288457.2015.1012909. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1028-8457 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1811-7295 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/10288457.2015.1012909
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/44134
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE). This is an electronic version of an article published in African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, vol. 19, no.1, pp. 69-81, 2015. doi : 10.1080/10288457.2015.1012909. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rmse20 en_ZA
dc.subject Item difficulty en_ZA
dc.subject Geometric thinking levels en_ZA
dc.subject Rasch analyses en_ZA
dc.subject Van Hiele theory en_ZA
dc.subject Model fit en_ZA
dc.title An application of the Rasch measurement theory to an assessment of geometric thinking levels en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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