The Rasch Measurement Conference Scientific Committee (2018) is calling for people interested in presenting at the conference to submit their abstracts.
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Abstracts must be submitted by 1st October 2017. You will be notified by email if your abstract has been accepted by 1st November 2017.
The class of Rasch models and the Rasch paradigm in the function of measurement in modern social science.
In physical science, measurement is driven by substantive, quantitative theory and the function of measurement is to disclose anomalies (Kuhn, 1961). These anomalies must be explained and understood in substantive terms.
The class of Rasch models provides a criterion for measurement independent of any data, and when applied to data that are supposed to be measurements, they can disclose such anomalies (misfit to the model) which again need to be explained and understood in substantive terms.
This implies that substantive, quantitative theory should drive item-construction and the formation of instruments in social science.
The theme of the conference explicitly brings out the interplay between substantive theory, measurement and the Rasch modeling paradigm.
This paradigm contrasts with the statistical modeling paradigm where misfit leads to models with more parameters which accommodate anomalies disclosed by the Rasch models.