Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Education

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Professor Dr Russell F. Waugh

Abstract

A new system-wide educational change has been introduced in Thailand requiring, amongst other things, that technologies for education be utilized in all levels of education. This study focuses on Mathematics Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) designed to provide Thai primary school teachers with an innovative method of assessment, one of the effective tools of new technology to be used in Thai primary schools. This study aims to: (1) construct multiple-choice test items for a Mathematics course on the topic of Equations for Year 6 (Prathom Suksa 6) students in Thailand; (2) calibrate the test items using a Rasch Measurement Model, investigate the validity and reliability of the test data, and set up the items in an item bank for use with Computerized Adaptive Testing; (3) create a computer program for Computerized Adaptive Testing, test the program and modify the program as appropriate; (4) construct and develop an attitudinal questionnaire about the Mathematics Computerized Adaptive Testing; (5) investigate the Mathematics abilities and attitudes to the Mathematics Computerized Adaptive Testing of Thailand Year 6 students; (6) compare the test length, testing time, and mathematics competency for different stopping criteria; and (7) compare the test length and testing time among differences in mathematics competency of the examinees.

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