The Perceptions of University Instructors on Their Testing Practices: A Case Study
Sahari, Mohamad (1999) The Perceptions of University Instructors on Their Testing Practices: A Case Study. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 7 (1). pp. 21-29. ISSN 0128-7702
Instructors' ability and skills in creating valid and credible tests are the prime concerns that prompted this study. The focus of the study was to investigate prevalent testing practices among lecturers in higher learning institutions. Specifically it examined the procedures followed by university instructors in the constructions of valid and reliable tests. The study sampled 105 respondents systematically selected from a pool of university instructors. To obtain responses from the respondents regarding their testing practices, a checklist containing relevant items on the creation of final examination questions and their marking schemes was constructed. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and logistic regressions. It was discovered that a majority of the respondents had applied proper procedures in creating valid and reliable tests, especially with respect to marking examination scripts. It appeared that instructors from the faculties of education, psychology and human sciences demonstrated adherence to these standards and proper procedures more significantly than those from other faculties. From the findings, the study synthesized implications on educational practices, in particular the certification of testing competency among instructors of higher learning institutions.
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