IEA established the Bruce H. Choppin Award as a memorial to Dr. Bruce H. Choppin. The award, which takes the form of a certificate and a prize of €500, is given annually to the author of a master's or doctoral thesis who makes use of data from an IEA study and employs empirical research methods in his or her work. Two awards, one for the best submission at the master's level and one at the doctoral level, are available for each annual competition. In a given year, IEA's Awards Committee may decide that no awards should be made.
Bruce H. Choppin 1940-1983
Bruce H. Choppin studied mathematics at Cambridge University in England before attending the University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D. in the area of measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis. He was closely connected with IEA from 1963 until his premature death in 1983. His first work with IEA involved data analysis for the English national report of the First IEA Mathematics Study. Along with Dr. Alan Purves, he later undertook a small-scale exploratory study designed to measure student understanding and appreciation of literary prose and poetry. Dr. Choppin was involved in the conceptualization, instrument construction, and data analysis phases of the IEA Six-Subject Survey. He was International Coordinator for the IEA Item Banking project, Chairman of the IEA Training Committee, and Head of the IEA Data Processing Center in New York from 1969 to 1972.
Dr. Choppin was a proponent of the Rasch method of scaling aptitude and achievement test scores (having come under the influence of Benjamin Wright). He was at the center of a debate about Rasch scaling at the time (the 1970s), when this method was still looked upon with skepticism by those in the field of testing. For IEA he wrote a monograph entitled Correction for Guessing and, with Neville Postlethwaite as co-editor, he established the journal Evaluation in Education, which later became the International Journal of Educational Research. In addition to his work with the New York Data Processing Center, Dr. Choppin for several years worked at the National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales, the Science Education Centre in Israel, as well as the University of California and Cornell University in the United States.
Bruce Choppin died in Chile, having gone there to help the country's National Research Coordinator for the IEA Study on Written Composition. His ashes are buried in London.
Rules for Entry
For each year's competition, the thesis submitted must have been completed within the three years preceding the entry date (31 March of that year).
IEA (2009) The IEA Bruce H. Choppin Memorial Award, Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2009, 23:1, 1185
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