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Developing pupil profiles in primary mathematics using item response theory
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Foong, P. Y., Yap, S. F., Khoo, P. S., & Kaur, B. (1997). Developing pupil profiles in primary mathematics using item response theory. The Mathematics Educator, 2(1), 1-17.
As part of a multidisciplinary research entitled Primary Pupil Profiling Project, a
team of Mathematics educators had developed a set of test instruments which could provide profiles of pupils in their performance of basic skills and processes across the primary mathematics curriculum. These profiles also provide semidiagnostic
information for teachers to assess the weakness and strength of individual pupils in
three areas, viz. Number, Measurement and Geometry. The tests were of paper-andpencil
multiplechoice format for Grades 3 and 5. In each topic a sequence of attainment levels was identified based on the actual difficulty of learning tasks and ability of the learners. The lower levels consist of elementary knowledge and skills while the higher levels reflect conceptual understanding and use of problem solving
processes. Item response theory was applied to analyse data and to present results in the
form of kidmaps that are meaningfd to pupils, their parents, teachers and the school as a whole. Introduction
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