TY - JOUR

T1 - Evaluating the Mathematics Interest Inventory Using Item Response Theory

T2 - Differential Item Functioning Across Gender and Ethnicities

AU - Wei, Tianlan

AU - Chesnut, Steven R.

AU - Barnard-Brak, Lucy

AU - Stevens, Tara

AU - Olivárez, Arturo

N1 - Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 SAGE Publications.

PY - 2014/12/26

Y1 - 2014/12/26

N2 - As the United States has begun to lag behind other developed countries in performance on mathematics and science, researchers have sought to explain this with theories of teaching, knowledge, and motivation. We expand this examination by further analyzing a measure of interest that has been linked to student performance in mathematics and intention to enroll in advanced mathematics classes. Using Item Response Theory (IRT), the purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Mathematics Interest Inventory (MII). Six hundred sixty-six students (47.6% Hispanic, 48.2% Male) formed the sample. Results revealed minimal differential item functioning (DIF) between genders. Substantial DIF emerged between Hispanic and White students. Implications of the differential functioning and the measurement of interest in mathematics are discussed.

AB - As the United States has begun to lag behind other developed countries in performance on mathematics and science, researchers have sought to explain this with theories of teaching, knowledge, and motivation. We expand this examination by further analyzing a measure of interest that has been linked to student performance in mathematics and intention to enroll in advanced mathematics classes. Using Item Response Theory (IRT), the purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Mathematics Interest Inventory (MII). Six hundred sixty-six students (47.6% Hispanic, 48.2% Male) formed the sample. Results revealed minimal differential item functioning (DIF) between genders. Substantial DIF emerged between Hispanic and White students. Implications of the differential functioning and the measurement of interest in mathematics are discussed.

KW - Hispanic

KW - Item Response Theory

KW - differential item functioning

KW - ethnic difference

KW - gender difference

KW - mathematics interest

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84921460133&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0734282914540449

DO - 10.1177/0734282914540449

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84921460133

VL - 32

SP - 747

EP - 761

JO - Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment

JF - Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment

SN - 0734-2829

IS - 8

ER -