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Exploring differential item functioning among Hawaiʻi residents on the Boston Naming Test

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Title: Exploring differential item functioning among Hawaiʻi residents on the Boston Naming Test
Authors: Nip, Kendra Sachie Watanabe
Keywords: Boston Naming Test
Issue Date: Aug 2012
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2012]
Abstract: The Boston Naming Test has been used in many countries across different cultures, and it is important to examine DIF with all populations served. One of the populations that can be unique in culture and geographic climate are Hawaiʻi residents, whose performance on the BNT has never been investigated before. Since it is unknown whether the BNT is a valid test of word-finding ability for Hawaiʻi residents, it is possible that mistaken diagnostic impressions have occurred. To prevent further misdiagnosis, potential item biases against Hawaiʻi residents should be identified and possibly evaluated for removal from an examinee's overall test score. Therefore, this study attempted to minimize this gap in research and explored performance discrepancies between long-time Hawaiʻi residents and individuals from the continental United States by examining differential item functioning on the BNT.
Description: M.Ed. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
Includes bibliographical references.
Appears in Collections:M.Ed. - Educational Psychology

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