Aligning large-scale examinations to the curriculum guidelines: student selection examination and Turkish biology curriculum

Cepni S., Kara Y.

3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), İstanbul, Turkey, 3 - 07 February 2011, vol.15, pp.3222-3226 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 15
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.275
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.3222-3226
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study presents findings retrieved from an analysis of the Turkish Biology Curriculum Guidelines and it's the alignment to the Student Selection Examination (SSE). Webb's ( 2007) alignment criteria were used to investigate relationship among guidelines and assessment. In this process, biology questions of SSE were examined in detail with ten biology teachers. The results showed that although alignment consistency was high according to the depth-of-knowledge consistency and categorical concurrence criterions, the SSE questions and curriculum outcomes were not fully aligned considering low consistency of range of knowledge and balance of representation criterions. Consequently, validity and reliability of the examination for higher education eligibility need to be increased starting from analysis the contents areas and the nature of questions. (c) 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.