Brown Bag Seminar: Anna Rusmann
Speaker: Anna Rusmann, Aalborg University
Title: Digitally Measuring Process Management
Abstract: Under the auspices of two ongoing Danish research projects, a computer-based performance test has been developed that aims to measure four competences within the complex of design thinking, one of which is process management. According to Halfin (1973), managing a process is a higher hierarchical skill encompassing many operations, and for test development it was chosen to focus on the aspect of time management. From the literature on design thinking on a K-12 level (see Rusmann & Ejsing-Duun 2020), this aspect is understood as the ability to determine sequence of events, assign time schedules and the like in order to inform design decisions. The competence is measured with four different types of tasks of which most are automatically coded. The coding criteria revolve around students’ comprehension of temporal order, simultaneity, duration and prioritization. The response data are fitted to the Rasch model, and the analytical strategy as well as preliminary results are presented for the 52 items performed by nearly 1,000 Danish students at the 5th to 7th grade level in spring 2019.