The Feasibility of Computer-based Testing in Palestine Among Lower Primary School Students: Assessing Mouse Skills and Inductive Reasoning

Mojahed Mousa, Gyöngyvér Molnár

Abstract


This study introduces and explores the potential of using computer-based testing at Palestinian schools. It investigates the developmental level of mouse skills among year 2 and 3 students and tests the applicability of an online test measuring pupils’ inductive reasoning. The sample for the study was drawn from year 2 (N=28) and 3 (N=29) students in Palestinian primary schools (Mean_age=7.5; SD=.50). The instruments consisted of 28 figural items for the mouse usage test and 36 figural items for the inductive reasoning test. The eDia system was used to collect the data. The reliability coefficient of the mouse usage and inductive reasoning tests were .75 and .915, respectively. Results showed that the mouse usage test was easy (M=90.53% SD=9.67%), while the inductive reasoning test was moderately difficult for the students at this age (M=44.15, SD=24.28). The frequency of computer usage did not influence test achievements. There were no gender level differences detectable in students’ mouse skills. Girls achieved significantly higher in the inductive reasoning test (M_girls=50.88, M_boys=37.67; t=-2,15, p<.05). The results proofed that computer-based testing can be used in Palestine and it can work effectively even when it comes to early age pupils.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jse.v9i2.14517

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