Coding schemes as measurement instruments? An attempt to assess the psychometric properties of a coding scheme

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Abstract

CSCL researchers rely heavily on coding schemes to analyze collaborative discourse. As Rourke and Anderson (2004) explain, examples of qualitative content analysis (QCA) research in which a coding scheme is developed methodically and validated systematically are rare. In this study, we attempted to conduct a validation of a coding scheme using established quantitative methods; this was an effort to foster the replicability and validity of a coding scheme designed to measure online collaborative learning. Exploratory Factor Analysis suggested a different factor structure than the one conceptualized in the coding scheme. The authors raise questions related to what are the most appropriate and acceptable procedures in establishing the validity of coding schemes used in QCA.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationCSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Short Papers and Posters, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference
Pages721-725
Number of pages5
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 4 Jul 20118 Jul 2011

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Other9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period4/07/118/07/11

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    Ioannou, A., Georgiou, A., & Papanastasiou, E. (2011). Coding schemes as measurement instruments? An attempt to assess the psychometric properties of a coding scheme. In Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Short Papers and Posters, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 721-725)