Invariant Measurement

ISBN-10: 0415871255
ISBN-13: 9780415871259
Edition: 2013
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Description: 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.  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

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. Boxes highlight common mistakes encountered when running the Facets Software and in constructing measurement Instruments. All of the book’s analyses were conducted with the free 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 www.GeorgeEngelhard.com. Highlights include:A strong philosophical and methodological approach to measurement in the human sciencesDemonstrations of how measurement problems can be addressed using invariant measurementPractical illustrations of how to create and evaluate scales using invariant measurementA history of measurement based on test-score and scaling traditionsPreviously unpublished work in analyzing rating data, the detection and measurement of rater errors, and the evaluation of rater accuracyA review of estimation methods, model-data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.

Introduction
Introduction and overview
Conceptual and theoretical issues
Invariant measurement
Rasch models
Researcher-Constructed Measures
An Historical and Comparative Perspective on Research Traditions in Measurement
The Quest for Invariant Measurement within the Scaling Tradition
Technical Issues
Methods of Estimation for the Dichotomous Rasch Model
Model-Data Fit for the Dichotomous Rasch Model
Assessments with raters: Rater-invariant measurement
Rater-mediated assessments: Conceptual framework
Evaluating the quality of rater-mediated assessments I: Indices of rater errors and systematic biases
Evaluating the quality of rater-mediated assessments II: Indices of rater accuracy
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