Journal of Applied Measurement JAM 9:3

Journal of Applied Measurement

Volume 9, Number 3. Fall 2008

Formalizing Dimension and Response Violations of Local Independence in the Unidimensional Rasch Model. Ida Marais and David Andrich, 200-215.

Calibration of Multiple-Choice Questionnaires to Assess Quantitative Indicators. Paola Annoni and Pieralda Ferrari, 216-228.

The Impact of Data Collection Design, Linking Method, and Sample Size on Vertical Scaling Using the Rasch Model. Insu Paek, Michael J. Young, and Qing Yi, 229-248

Understanding the Unit in the Rasch Model. Stephen M. Humphry and David Andrich, 249-264

Factor Structure of the Developmental Behavior Checklist using Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Polytomous Items. Daniel E. Bontempo, Scott. M. Hofer, Andrew Mackinnon, Andrea M. Piccinin, Kylie Gray, Bruce Tonge, and Stewart Einfeld, 265-280

Overcoming Vertical Equating Complications in the Calibration of an Integer Ability Scale for Measuring Outcomes of a Teaching Experiment. Andreas Koukkoufis and Julian Williams, 281-304.

Understanding Rasch Measurement: Estimation of Decision Consistency Indices for Complex Assessments: Model Based Approaches. Matthew Stearns and Richard M. Smith, 305-315

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Journal of Applied Measurement JAM 9:3 … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2008, 22:1 p. various

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