Doctoral Measurement Courses offered by the University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Educational Psychology

Students at participating Universities (Big Ten and UC) may take these courses through the CIC Traveling Scholar Program

Educational Measurement - Fall - EPSY 546

This course addresses the issues of reliability and validity from the perspectives of Classical True-Score Theory (CTT), Generalizability Theory, Structural Equation Modeling, and Rasch Measurement (in particular). Lab sessions will have students develop data analytic skills using software such as Genova, Winsteps/Bigsteps, Facets, RUMM, BMDP, and EQS. Concentration will be on data from polytomous items. Students will present the results of analyses and prepare a proposal for submission to a regional or national conferences.

Reliability:
True Score Theory
Rasch - Reliability, Separation, Strata, Standard Error

Judge awarded scores:
Generalizability Theory
Many-Facet Rasch Measurement

Construct Validity:
True Score Methods
Rasch Based Methods (variable definition, item/person fit, co-calibration)

Dimensionality:
Factor Analysis
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Rasch fit statistics and residual analysis

Rasch measurement:
Theory
Assumptions
Models

Score reporting and metric development

Contact Everett Smith at 312-996-5630 or evsmith@uic.edu for information


Doctoral Measurement Courses offered by the University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Educational Psychology

Students at participating Universities (Big Ten and UC) may take these courses through the CIC Traveling Scholar Program

Rating Scale and Questionnaire Design and Analysis - Spring - EPSY 550

This course will prepare students with the skills necessary to develop and administer rating scales/questionnaires (emphasis on rating scales designed to measure latent constructs), assess reliability and validity, and analyze and report results. During the course students may develop, administer, analyze, and report the results of their own rating scale/questionnaire. Computer labs will be used to provide examples and experience with data analysis procedures. Students wanting to administer a scale/questionnaire during the semester should receive IRB approval prior to the beginning of the semester. Topics covered include:

  1. Criteria for evaluating rating scale research;
  2. Guidelines for writing items
  3. Designing response formats and rating scales (use of neutral, grouping items, positive vs. negative, rating points, etc..)
  4. Data collection strategies;
  5. Pretesting techniques
  6. Establishing evidence for reliability and validity using Rasch methods
  7. Rasch measurement (Rationale, Models, Principles)
  8. Evaluating the rating scale (category statistics, recoding categories)
  9. Item evaluation (ordering, fit)
  10. Measure (person) evaluation (response sets, fit)
  11. Rater/Judge evaluation (harshness/leniency/halo, etc.., fit)
  12. Bias evaluation (item bias)
  13. Measuring change
  14. Score Reporting and Metric Development (transforming the logit metric)

Contact Everett Smith at 312-996-5630 or evsmith@uic.edu for information

Ph.D. in Applied Measurement and Statistics
at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

The Educational Psychology Area of the University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to announce the addition of an Applied Measurement and Statistics focus to the interdepartmental Educational Psychology specialization under the Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction). This focus integrates instruction in objective measurement, statistics, research design, and evaluation with experience gained from active involvement in research projects. Although housed in the Educational Psychology Area, Students electing the focus will be educated for various academic positions and to meet the increasing accountability and evaluation needs of schools, social service organizations, health-care providers, businesses, and other private and government organizations.

Course work includes such topics as measurement theory, true score theory, generalizability theory, latent trait (Rasch) theory, instrument design and evaluation, structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, research synthesis, research methods, program evaluation, qualitative methods, non-parametric statistics, parametric statistics, standardized testing, computer adaptive testing, philosophical foundation of educational inquiry, cognition and instruction, and social psychology of education.

Students will become proficient with major statistical and Rasch measurement programs and will be expected to participate in research, present at regional and national conference, and publish.

Graduate assistantships may be available in the College of Education and various UIC social and health science research units. Internships will be available with Chicago based testing companies. Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Everett Smith at 630-996,5630 or evsmith@uic.edu.


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Coming Rasch-related Events
Jan. 25 - Feb. 22, 2019, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
Jan. 28, 2019 On-line course: Understanding Rasch Measurement Theory (ACER), https://www.acer.org/professional-learning/postgraduate/Rasch
March 21, 2019 13th annual meeting of the UK Rasch user group, Cambridge, UK http://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/events/uk-rasch-user-group-2019
April 4 - 8, 2019, Thur.-Mon. NCME annual meeting, Toronto, Canada.https://ncme.connectedcommunity.org/meetings/annual
April 5 - 9, 2019, Fri.-Tue. AERA annual meeting, Toronto, Canada.www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting
May 24 - June 21, 2019, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
June 28 - July 26, 2019, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Further Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
July 11-12 & 15-19, 2019, Thu.-Fri. A Course in Rasch Measurement Theory (D.Andrich), University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, flyer - http://www.education.uwa.edu.au/ppl/courses
Aug. 9 - Sept. 6, 2019, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Many-Facet Rasch Measurement (E. Smith, Facets), www.statistics.com
Oct. 11 - Nov. 8, 2019, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
Jan. 24 - Feb. 21, 2020, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
May 22 - June 19, 2020, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
June 26 - July 24, 2020, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Further Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
Aug. 7 - Sept. 4, 2020, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Many-Facet Rasch Measurement (E. Smith, Facets), www.statistics.com
Oct. 9 - Nov. 6, 2020, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
June 25 - July 23, 2021, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Further Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com

 

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