Rasch Analysis in the Human Sciences by William J. BooneRasch Analysis in the Human Sciences by William J. Boone

Rasch Analysis in the Human Sciences

byWilliam J. Boone, John R. Staver, Melissa S. Yale

Hardcover | January 2, 2014

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Rasch Analysis in the Human Scienceshelps individuals, both students and researchers, master the key concepts and resources needed to use Rasch techniques for analyzing data from assessments to measure variables such as abilities, attitudes, and personality traits. Upon completion of the text, readers will be able to confidently evaluate the strengths and weakness of existing instrumentation, compute linear person measures and item measures, interpret Wright Maps, utilize Rasch software, and understand what it means to measure in the Human Sciences.

Each of the 24 chapters presents a key concept using a mix of theory and application of user-friendly Rasch software. Chapters also include a beginning and ending dialogue between two typical researchers learning Rasch, "Formative Assessment Check Points," sample data files, an extensive set of application activities with answers, a one paragraph sample research article text integrating the chapter topic, quick-tips, and suggested readings.

Rasch Analysis in the Human Scienceswill be an essential resource for anyone wishing to begin, or expand, their learning of Rasch measurement techniques, be it in the Health Sciences, Market Research, Education, or Psychology.

Title:Rasch Analysis in the Human SciencesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:482 pagesPublished:January 2, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400768567

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Table of Contents

What is Rasch Measurement & How Can Rasch Measurement Help Me?.- Rating Scale Surveys, A Rasch Rating Scale Analysis (Step I)-Reading Data and Running an Analysis.- Understanding Person Measures.- Item Measures.- Wright Maps - First Steps.- Wright Maps - Second Steps Fit.- How Well Does That Rating Scale Work? How Do You Know, Too?.- Person Reliability, Item Reliability and More.- What is an Ogive? How do I Use It?.- Some Wright Map Nuance, How To Set the Probability of Success at 65% (or whichever percentage you wish to choose).- Differential Item Functioning.- Linking Surveys and Tests.- Setting Pass/Fail Points and Competency Levels.- Expressing Competency Levels.- Quality of Measurement and Sample Size.- Missing Data: What should I do?.- Combining Scales.- Multifaceted Rasch Measurement.- The Rasch Model and Item Response Theory Models: Identical, Similar, or Unique?.- What Tables to Use?.- Key Resources for Continued Expansion of Your Understanding of Rasch Measurement.- Where Have We Been & What's Next?.

Editorial Reviews

This book provides a practical guide to using Rasch modeling and will be a great resource for anyone interested in learning how to analyze assessment data with Rasch.Cari Herrmann Abell, Ph.D.Senior Research AssociateAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science        Project 2061Washington, D.C. U.S.A.-------------------------------------------------------------------- Rasch Measurement in the Human Sciences represents a much needed, practical, and approachable guide to the use of Rasch methods and models within the field of education in general and in STEM fields most particularly. With a future ever more guided by data-driven decision-making, it is essential that our educators become more familiar with fundamental measurement concepts. Dr. Boone's new text provides readers with a powerful set of new skills, set within an accessible, easy to read framework.Gregory Ethan Stone, Ph.D.Professor of Educational Foundations and LeadershipUniversity of ToledoToledo, Ohio USA-------------------------------------------------------------------- For research in the Human Sciences it is absolutely necessary to know about the theoretical background and the applicability of Rasch analysis. Especially for improving teaching and learning we need a tool which is powerful enough not only to describe states but also to order them according to different criteria related to the learner. Bill Boone's book leads educators as well as doctoral students to using Rasch as a model for measurement and profound interpretation of data and provides a profound and understandable introduction into a difficult topic. Hans E. Fischer, Ph.D.Prof. of Physics EducationFaculty of PhysicsUniversity Duisburg-EssenDuisberg-Essen, Germany -------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. Boone has a long history of translating Rasch complexity into the understandable. This book will be invaluable to those in the social sciences who want to improve the quality of our science through improved measurement. Cynthia W. Kelly, PhDProf. of NursingThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosa, Alabama USABox 870358 -------------------------------------------------------------------- That the Rasch approach to measurement improves measurement and the resulting decisions is well known.  Needed is the spread of this measurement method to a broader audience.  Improved measurement of human knowledge and sentiments is greatly needed in many disciplines and wider application of the Rasch model would address this need.  A challenge is to make Rasch accessible to a broader audience.  Dr. Boone has more than met this challenge in this book.  Dr. Boone writes like a great teacher (which he is).  Without compromising the rigor of Rasch he teaches the reader to understand and apply the Rasch measurement model.  Daniel McLinden, Ed.D.Senior Director, Learning & DevelopmentAssistant Professor, General & Community PediatricsCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "As a graduate student with zero Rasch experience, this book was crucial to my understanding of the importance of psychometrics, especially Rasch analysis. It was easy to comprehend and provided extensive opportunities to practice and to check for understanding. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a basic introduction to Rasch analysis." Jessican L. OverdorfGraduate Student Miami University -------------------------------------------------------------- "In EVERY chapter the conversation introductions between Ted and Isabelle do a great job of introducing each chapter, and the formative assessments help readers track their understanding of chapter topics. This book can teach anyone how to use Rasch analysis and Wright Maps without a headache". Kelsey JanningGraduate Student Miami University