Assessment Instrument Overview Activity

Assessment Instrument Overview Activity

DISCLAIMER: We require and expect students in the Communication program on the ASU’s West campus (where this course is housed) to be conversant in research methods. They take two research courses and are asked to regularly read research articles in their other courses for the major.  If your program does not ask that of you then this assignment could prove particularly challenging.  However, all of the correct information that your are asked to find, access, and report is contained within the documents you are instructed to read for this unit.  Furthermore, the nature of the information you will be asked to find is covered in this unit or the preceding units.

Follow the steps below to be successful on this activity.

STEP 1:     Review the Measurement PowerPoint from Unit 4.  That is where you will find information related to             Unit of Measurement.

STEP 2:     Review the Measurement Reliability PowerPoint in this unit (Unit 6).  That is where you will find the             information related to the reliability estimate or reliability coefficient, measurement items, and                 measurement dimensions.

STEP 3:    Read the two articles in this unit that describe the development of assessment instruments. These             include:

Kassing, J. K. (1998). Development and validation of the Organizational Dissent Scale. Management                 Communication Quarterly, 12, 183-229.

Wood, J. A., & Winston, B. E. (2007). Development of three scales to measure leader accountability.                 Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 28, 167-185.

STEP 4:    Look at the final version of the assessment instrument, understanding that instruments are                 administered and tweaked (items added to or taken away) several times before a final version is                 determined.  This is the case in both of the articles you will be consulting.  For example, the final             version of the Organizational Dissent Scale appears in the Study 2 portion of the article.

STEP 5:    Know and understand what it is you are looking for (review STEPS 1-2) when you consult the                 articles, otherwise you will get lost and overwhelmed quickly.

This includes:
What an assessment instrument is and does.
What a measurement item is (the individual items that constitute an assessment instrument).
What a dimension is (the difference concepts measured by an assessment instrument).
What the reliability coefficient is (a statistical indicator of how well the measure performs).
What the level of measurement is (the kind of data the measure provides).

STEP 6:    Consult the Assessment Instruments Summary Overview Table Template provided below to know             where to place the appropriate information.  Consult the Activity Guide to know where                     specifically you will find the information required.

STEP 7:    Complete the activity for each instrument by compiling the required information in the table on the             final page.

Assessment Instruments Summary Overview Table (Template)

Use this template to complete the actual form on the next page.

Name of Assessment Instrument
Dimensions
Description    Number of Items in the Dimension    What is the level of measurement?    What is the reliability of the dimension?

Describe in brief above what the instrument assesses.
List each of the dimensions here. Use one cell per dimension.
Describe in brief what each dimension assesses.
Place your responses in the appropriate cell so that they correspond with the matching dimension in the
cell to the left.
Provide the number of items in each dimension
in the appropriate cell.
List what the level of measurement is for each dimension in the appropriate cell (see the Measurement PowerPoint).
List what the reliability is for the final version of the dimension that is reported in the study.

Assessment Instrument Overview Activity (Guide)

While under development, most assessment instruments begin with more items than needed, so only some will be retained.  Thus, it is important for you to look for the final version of the instruments produced in the reports, not the initial versions as the two can be quite different.  There are two versions of each of the instruments created in the reports used in this activity.

Assessment
Instrument
Dimensions
Description    Number of Items
in the Dimension    What is the level of measurement?    What is the reliability of the dimension?

Organizational Dissent
Scale

(consult the
PDF named Organizational Dissent Scale)

See
pages
197-198.
See
page
192.
See
pages
206-207.
See
page
202.

Match the format used (e.g., 1-3) with one of the levels of measurement from Unit 4: (i.e., nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio)

See
pages
206-207.

Leader Accountability
Scale

(Consult the
PDF named Leader Accountability
Scale)
See
pages
172.
See
page
172.
See
pages
177,
178,
and
181.
See
page
281.

Match the format used (e.g., 1-3) with one of the levels of measurement from Unit 4: (i.e., nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio)

See
pages
177,
179,
and
181.

Assessment Instruments Summary Overview Table

Assessment
Instrument
Dimension
Description    Number of Items in the Dimension    What is the level of measurement?    What is the reliability of the dimension?

Organizational Dissent Scale

Leader Accountability Scale

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