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Problem-solving ARC Linkage

The project extends previous SPIRT research, which modelled problem-solving in paper-and-pencil administered tasks, by examining the person and item parameters when problems are computer administered. The implications for computer administered problem design and teacher intervention will be explored and used to develop instructional packages that extend the materials produced for teachers in the initial SPIRT study.

The primary goals of the project are to improve students' learning processes, motivation and problem-solving abilities as well as teachers' capacity to support student problem-solving abilities. Advances in the development of assessment and measurement will have long-term benefits nationally and internationally. The methodology steers assessment towards informative feedback rather than simple rank ordering of students. Measurement advances will be incorporated into software modelling of student problem-solving ability. Publication of computer-delivered tests will be accessible to schools and teachers. The calibrated assessment tasks will provide a basis for credible benchmarks for assessment.