Overheads for Unit 6--Chapter 9 (interpretive exercise)


OH 1
Multiple Choice Items and Interpretive Exercises: Commonalities and Differences




OH 2
Interpretive Exercise: Format and Uses

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OH 3
Interpretive Exercise: Advantages and Limitations


  1. Interpretive skills are important in everyday life
  2. Can measure more complex learning than can single, isolated items
  3. As a series of related items, it can tap greater breadth and depth of skills
  4. Can provide necessary background information
  5. Can measure specific mental processes and be scored objectively (unlike performance tasks, which are less structured)


  1. Difficulty of construction
  2. Heavy reading demands
  3. Limited in measuring complex achievement


OH 4
Interpretive Exercises: General Suggestions for Constructing Them


  1. Select introductory material
  2. Construct series of dependent problems
  3. Make sure that introductory materials requires complex mental processes


For the introductory material:

  1. Relevant to learning objectives and correct complexity
  2. Appropriate for studentsí knowledge
  3. Simple reading level (not complex words or sentence structure)
  4. Brief but meaningful (abbreviate without removing essential content)
  5. Revise for clarity, conciseness, and more precise purpose
  6. Revise content, as necessary, when developing questions

For the questions:

  1. Require analysis and interpretation of introductory material
  2. Keep number proportional to or greater than length of introductory material
  3. Follow all pertinent suggestions for objective items
  4. For key-type items, keep key-categories homogeneous and mutually exclusive
  5. For key-type items, develop standard key-categories where applicable