Establishing the validity and reliability of the Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R) in occupational therapy practice education: a Rasch analysis

Rodger, Sylvia, Chien, Chi-Wen, Turpin, Merrill, Copley, Jodie, Coleman, Allison, Brown, Ted and Caine, Anne-Maree (2013) Establishing the validity and reliability of the Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R) in occupational therapy practice education: a Rasch analysis. Evaluation and the Health Professions, OnlineFirst 1-16. doi:10.1177/0163278713511456

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Author Rodger, Sylvia
Chien, Chi-Wen
Turpin, Merrill
Copley, Jodie
Coleman, Allison
Brown, Ted
Caine, Anne-Maree
Title Establishing the validity and reliability of the Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R) in occupational therapy practice education: a Rasch analysis
Journal name Evaluation and the Health Professions   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0163-2787
1552-3918
Publication date 2013-11-08
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0163278713511456
Volume OnlineFirst
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study investigated construct validity and internal consistency of the Student Practice Evaluation Form–Revised Edition Package (SPEF-R) which evaluates students’ performance on practice education placements. The SPEF-R has 38 items covering eight domains, and each item is rated on a 5-point rating scale. Data from 125 students’ final placement evaluations in their final year study were analyzed using the Rasch measurement model. The SPEF-R exhibited satisfactory rating scale performance and unidimensionality across the eight domains, providing construct validity evidence. Only 2 items misfit Rasch model’s expectations (both related to students’ performance with client groups, which were often rated as not observed). Additionally, the internal consistency of each SPEF-R domain was found to be excellent (Cronbach’s α = .86 to .91) and all individual items had reasonable to excellent item-total correlation coefficients. The study results indicate that the SPEF-R can be used with confidence to evaluate students’ performance during placements, but continued validation and refinement are required.
Keyword Assessment
Internal consistency
Construct validity
Occupational therapy
Practice education
Instrumentation
Rasch measurement model
SPEF-R
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print November 8, 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 04 Dec 2013, 09:52:12 EST by Dr Chi-wen Chien on behalf of Occupational Therapy