Iterative Cognitive Interview Design to Uncover Children’s Spatial Reasoning

Cognitive interviews play an important role in articulating the intended construct of educational assessments. This paper describes the iterative development of protocols for cognitive interviews with kindergarten through second-grade children to understand how their spatial reasoning skill development aligns with intended constructs. We describe the procedures used to gather evidence of construct relevance and improved alignment to task-based interview items through multiple pilot rounds before conducting cognitive interviews. We found improved alignment and reduced construct irrelevant variance after protocol revisions.

Thomas, E. R., Pinilla, R. K., Ketterlin-Geller, L. R., & Hatfield, C. (2023). Iterative cognitive interview design to uncover children’s spatial reasoning. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 28(1), Article 12.