Establishing the Validity and Reliability of the Student Practice Evaluation Form–Revised (SPEF-R) in Occupational Therapy Practice Education: A Rasch Analysis

Sylvia Rodger, Chi-Wen Chien, Merrill Turpin, Jodie Copley, Allison Coleman, Ted Brown, Anne Maree Caine

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • assessment
  • construct validity
  • instrumentation
  • internal consistency
  • occupational therapy
  • practice education
  • Rasch measurement model
  • SPEF-R

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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