Constructing Measures: An Item Response Modeling Approach

Constructing Measures: An Item Response Modeling Approach

Constructing Measures: An Item Response Modeling Approach

Constructing Measures: An Item Response Modeling Approach

Synopsis

Introduces a way to understand the advantages and disadvantages of measurement instruments, how to use such instruments, and how to apply the methods introduced in the book to develop new instruments and/or adapt old ones. Knowledge of basic descriptive statistics and elementary regression is recommended.

Excerpt

It is often said that the best way to learn something is to do it. Because the purpose of this book is to introduce principles and practices of sound measurement, it is organized so that the reader can learn measurement by doing it. Although full participation in the construction of an instrument is not a requirement for readers of the book, that is the way to the best learning experience.

AIMS OF THE BOOK

After reading this book, preferably while applying what is learned to the construction of an instrument, the reader should be in a position to (a) appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of specific instruments, (b) responsibly use such instruments, and (c) apply the methods described in the book to develop new instruments and/or adapt old ones. It is important for the reader to appreciate that the point of learning about how to develop an instrument is not just so that the reader can then go on and develop others (although this is indeed partly the aim). The main reason is that this is the best way to learn about good measurement, whether as an instrument developer, a person who must choose from among instruments to use, a critic of . . .

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