Instrument Validity and Reliability

Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Tate 301-20


Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Kerry Vachta, Carleton College

This workshop is designed specifically for researchers at any stage in their career (from undergraduate to late career) who are interested in learning about instrument validity and reliability. During the two-day workshop, each participant will develop a plan for designing an instrument that they can utilize to guide their efforts at their home institutions and/or across institutions. Additionally, the two-day workshop provides an opportunity for networking and community building among those who may wish to collaborate on either the design of an instrument and/or research using such instruments.

Workshop Goals

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of validity and reliability in quantitative studies.
  • Describe the types of validity and be able to identify approaches to demonstrate such validity.
  • Describe the types of reliability and be able to identify approaches to demonstrate reliability.
  • Critique education research studies for validity and reliability.

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