SI chpt 5

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  1. reliability
    the extent to which a measurement is consistent and free from erro
  2. validity
    assures that a test is measuring what it is intendedto measure
  3. measurement error
    "noise" that gets in the way of our finding the true score
  4. systematic errors
    predictable errors of measurement
  5. random errors
    errors due to chance and can affect a subject's score in an unpredictable way from trial to trial
  6. regression towards the mean
    a statistical phenomenon in which scores on a pretest are likely to move toward the group mean on a posttest becasue of inherent positive or negative measurment error; also called statistical regression
  7. reliability coefficient
    • yielded from a ratio of:
    • (true variance) / (true score variance) + (error variance)
  8. correlation
    reflects the degree of association between two sets of data, or the consistency of position within the two distributions
  9. test-retest reliability
    used to establish that an instrument is capable of measuring a variable with consistency
  10. testing effect
    when the test itself is responsible for observed changes in a measured variable
  11. interrater reliability
    variation between two or more raters who measure the same group of subjects
  12. intrarater reliability
    the stability of data recorded by one individual across two or more trials
  13. alternate forms reliability
    testing that is used as an alternative to test-retest reilability with paper-and-pencil tests, when the nature of the test is such that subjects are likely to recall their responses to test items
  14. internal consistency
    (homogeneity); reflects the extent to which items measure various aspects of the same characteristic and nothing else
  15. split-half reliability
    a reliability measure of internal consistency based on dividing the items on an instrument into two halves and correlating the results
  16. facet
    in generalizability theory, specific conditions under which reliability of a measurement can be generalized
  17. minimal detectable difference (MDD)
    the amount of change in a variable that must be achieved to reflect a true difference; the smallest amount of change that passes the threshold of error. Also called minimal detectable change (MDC)
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SI chpt 5
2012-06-07 15:16:12
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Scientific Inquiry chapter 5 terms
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