Rasch Measurement Theory Conference

Calling for papers

The Rasch Measurement Conference Scientific Committee (2018) is calling for people interested in presenting at the conference to submit their abstracts.

Submit your abstract online now

You will be notified by email if your abstract has been accepted within two weeks.

If you would like to propose a symposium of TWO, THREE or FOUR related but distinct papers please email natalie.carmody@uwa.edu.au the titles of the papers that you would like to be placed in a symposium, and submit the abstracts in the usual way through the website. 

Conference theme

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.

Conference Streams

A) Substantive Empirical Application Topics

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Marketing
  • Health
  • Social Science

B) Epistemology, philosophy and history of measurement Topics

  • The history and philosophy of Rasch measurement theory and item response theory
  • Criterion of invariant comparisons
  • Theory and epistemology of measurement
  • Units of instruments of measurement

C) Psychometrics and Statistics methodology Topics

  • Local response dependence and multi-dimensionality
  • Response dependence and repeated measurements
  • Analysis of real and artificial DIF
  • Cross-cultural comparisons
  • Validity of measurement
  • Tests of fit, precision, information
  • Impacts of guessing in multiple choice items
  • Test equating and linking
  • Computer adaptive testing
  • Item banking
  • Study of growth
  • Large scale national and international assessments