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Yildirim, Halime; Büyüköztürk, Sener – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2018
The aim of this study is to determine whether items from the mathematics section of the 2012 Level Determination Exam indicate item bias according to gender and school type. In particular, the process of item bias has been determined using the Delphi technique and focus group interviews. A two-stage mixed method research has been used for the…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Test Bias, Test Items, Mathematics Education
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Dogan, Ozcan; Bayhan, Pinar; Yukselen, Arzu; Isitan, Sonnur – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2018
This study was planned in order to analyze adolescent body image by age and gender, evaluate the relationship between adolescent body image and socio-cultural factors, and determine the extent to which variables such as age, gender, and Body Mass Index (BMI) can serve as predictors of the influential habits and strategies needed to achieve a…
Descriptors: Human Body, Self Concept, Body Composition, Age Differences
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Özgenel, Mustafa – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2018
The aim of this study was to modeling the relationship between of school administrators' creative and critical thinking dispositions in relation to their decision-making styles and problem solving skills. A total of 586 school administrators participated in research from a district selected through the random sampling method. Data was collected…
Descriptors: Correlation, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Decision Making
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Ilter, Ilhan – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
The purpose of this study is to describe social studies teachers' perceptions related to their practices in teaching concepts within the context of social studies instruction in order to enhance students' vocabulary development in their classes. The study focuses on how students' breadth and depth of vocabulary knowledge is supported by teachers'…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
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Dogan, Selçuk; Tatik, R. Samil; Yurtseven, Nihal – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
The main purpose of this study is to adapt and validate the Professional Learning Communities Assessment Revised (PLCA-R) by Olivier, Hipp, and Huffman within the context of Turkish schools. The instrument was translated and adapted to administer to teachers in Turkey. Internal structure of the Turkish version of PLCA-R was investigated by using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Factor Analysis, Measures (Individuals)
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Özcan, Zeynep Çigdem; Imamoglu, Yesim; Katmer Bayrakli, Vildan – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
Problem solving is highlighted in many mathematics curricula and has recently become one of the most investigated topics in the field of mathematics education. Extensive studies report that developing students' problem solving skills enhances their understanding of mathematics. Therefore, there is a focus on investigating problem solving processes…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Protocol Analysis, Cognitive Processes, Grade 6
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Bart, William M.; Hokanson, Brad; Can, Iclal – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
This study investigated the factorial structure of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) Figural Form A with an aim to find out whether the two-factor structure of creative thinking established by Kim and Kim, Cramond, and Bandalos holds true for the older participants. Data were gathered from 996 8th grade students and 748 11th grade…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Creativity Tests, Factor Structure, Factor Analysis
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Han, Sunyoung – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
The trend of avoiding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors has persisted resulting in a lack of professionals in STEM fields. Further, the current STEM education system in Korea does not meet domestic demands for STEM labor. To discover an educational approach encouraging students to choose STEM majors at the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, STEM Education, Structural Equation Models, Correlation
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Güler, Nese; Ilhan, Mustafa; Güneyli, Ahmet; Demir, Süleyman – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
This study evaluates the psychometric properties of three different forms of the Writing Apprehension Test (WAT; Daly & Miller, 1975) through Rasch analysis. For this purpose, the fit statistics and correlation coefficients, and the reliability, separation ratio, and chi-square values for the facets of item and person calculated for the…
Descriptors: Writing Apprehension, Psychometrics, Item Response Theory, Tests
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Akin, Sibel; Calik, Basak; Engin-Demir, Cennet – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
Promoting active citizenship is seen as invaluable for educational practices in schools particularly in existing social, political, economic, and cultural context of Turkish society. The present study is part of a European Union project that aimed to help students develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to actively participate in…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Citizenship, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Ilhan, Mustafa – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2016
The aim of this study was to compare the results of many-facet Rasch analyses based on crossed and judge pair designs. The study was conducted with 168 eighth grade students and five judges. The study data were collected using an achievement test with open-ended questions and a holistic rubric that was used to rate the responses. In the data…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Achievement Tests, Scoring Rubrics, Judges
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Erol, Mustafa; Buyuk, Ugur; Tanik Onal, Nagihan – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2016
The inadequacy of experimental activities (or lack of equipment) in science courses in rural parts of Turkey negatively effects students' acquisition of scientific thinking and inquiry skills. The fact that success rates are notably low in international assessments demonstrates the necessity to adopt "different" approaches apart from the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Rural Youth, Rural Schools
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Çokluk, Ömay; Gül, Emrah; Dogan-Gül, Çilem – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2016
The study aims to examine whether differential item function is displayed in three different test forms that have item orders of random and sequential versions (easy-to-hard and hard-to-easy), based on Classical Test Theory (CTT) and Item Response Theory (IRT) methods and bearing item difficulty levels in mind. In the correlational research, the…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Test Items, Difficulty Level, Test Theory
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Kalkan, Ömür Kaya; Kelecioglu, Hülya – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2016
Linear factor analysis models used to examine constructs underlying the responses are not very suitable for dichotomous or polytomous response formats. The associated problems cannot be eliminated by polychoric or tetrachoric correlations in place of the Pearson correlation. Therefore, we considered parameters obtained from the NOHARM and FACTOR…
Descriptors: Sample Size, Nonparametric Statistics, Factor Analysis, Correlation
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Öztürk-Gübes, Nese; Kelecioglu, Hülya – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of dimensionality, common-item set format, and different scale linking methods on preserving equity property with mixed-format test equating. Item response theory (IRT) true-score equating (TSE) and IRT observed-score equating (OSE) methods were used under common-item nonequivalent groups design.…
Descriptors: Test Format, Item Response Theory, True Scores, Equated Scores
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