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Adaptive testing as a factor of optimizing the teaching and learning process in university education

Author: Deinego Nona
Degree:doctor of pedagogics
Speciality: 13.00.02 - Theory and Methodology of Instruction (on disciplines)
Scientific adviser: Valeriu Cabac
doctor, professor, Alecu Russo Balty State University
Institution: Alecu Russo Balty State University
Scientific council: D 36-13.00.02-27.03.08
Tiraspol State University


The thesis was presented on the 16 February, 2010
Approved by NCAA on the 29 April, 2010


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competence, stages of developing, cognitive scheme, adaptive evaluation, adjustment, subject modular model.


Thesis structure: introduction, three chapters, conclusions, 142 references, 19 annexes, basic text 138 pages, 45 drawing, 27 tables. The results of the thesis are published in 11 scientific works.

Domain of studing: Pedagogy. Theory and Methodology of Instruction (Computer Science). Aim of Investigation: developing the methodology of integrating adaptive evaluation in the process of student development from the point of view of regulating/optimizing this process.

Objectives of investigation: (a) analysis of existing approaches and argumentation of the necessity to integrate evaluation in the process student development; (b) establishing theoretiical fundamentals of adaptive evaluation of students; (c) working out the didactic model of applying computerized adaptive testing in studing university subjects; (d) specification of pedagogic/didactic conditions necessary to integrate computerized adaptive testing in the process of student development; (e) validation through a pedagogic experiment of the didactic model necessary to apply computerized testing in the study of university information subjects.

The investigation methodology consists of theoretical methods: scientific reference materials, theoretic modelling, comparison, analogy, analysis, synthesis; praxiologic methods: the method of logico-graphic contents structuring, testing, questionnaire; pedagogic experiment (of finding, forming, checking); statistic and mathematic processing of experimental date.

Scientific novelty and originality of the paper: the new methodology of developing students competence which is different from the existing approaches due to the fact that learning is adjusted by means of (quasi)continuous adaptive evaluation.

Theoretical significance of the investigation: we have provided a theoretical foundation of the process of developing students competences accompanied by adaptive evaluation; we have developed the didactic model of applying adaptive testing for the study of university subjects.

Applied value of the paper: we have worked out the set of competences on the basis of the subject and the bank of items for the adaptive evaluation in the given subject.

Implementation of scientific results was accomplished by introducing the developed methodology in the teaching of the subject “Basis of Programming” and by using it in the teaching of other information subjects within the university.