Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

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This introductory text describes the principles of invariant measurement, how invariant measurement can be achieved with Rasch models, and how to use invariant measurement to solve measurement problems in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Rasch models are used throughout but a comparison of Rasch models to other item response theory (IRT) models is also provided. Written with students in mind, the manuscript was class tested to help maximize accessibility. Chapters open with an introduction and close with a summary and discussion. Numerous examples and exercises demonstrate the main issues addressed in each chapter. Key terms are defined when first introduced and in an end-of-text glossary. All of the booka€™s analyses were conducted with the Facets program. The data sets used in the book, sample syntax files for running the Facets program, Excel files for creating item and person response functions, links to related websites, and other material are available at Highlights include: A strong philosophical and methodological approach to measurement in the human sciences Demonstrations of how measurement problems can be addressed using invariant measurement Practical illustrations of how to create and evaluate scales using invariant measurement A history of measurement based on test-score and scaling traditions Previously unpublished work in analyzing rating data, the detection and measurement of rater errors, and the evaluation of rater accuracy A review of estimation methods, model-data fit, indices used to evaluate the quality of rater-mediated assessments, rater error and bias, and rater accuracy. Intended as a supplementary text for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on measurement or test theory, item response theory, scaling theory, psychometrics, advanced measurement techniques, research methods, or evaluation research taught in education, psychology, and the social and health sciences, the book also appeals to practitioners and researchers in these fields who develop or use scales and instruments. Only a basic mathematical level is required including a basic course in statistic.Having chosen a novel or play of recognized literary merit, the able writers of those well-ordered essays focus on an appropriate character a#39;a#39;whose mind is pulled in conflicting ... Figure 4.5 Scoring rubric for a question on AP English Literature and Composition Exam. ... Van der Linden and Hambleton (1997) should be consulted for an authoritative description of the major models in item response theory.

Title:Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences
Author:George Engelhard Jr.
Publisher:Routledge Academic - 2013-04-26


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