Applying the Rasch Model: Fundamental Measurement in the Human Sciences / Edition 2

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Written in an accessible style, this book facilitates a deep understanding of the Rasch model. Authors Bond and Fox review the crucial properties of the Rasch model and demonstrate its use with a wide range of examples including the measurement of educational achievement, human development, attitudes, and medical rehabilitation. A glossary and numerous illustrations further aid the reader's understanding. The authors demonstrate how to apply Rasch analysis and prepare readers to perform their own analyses and interpret the results. Updated throughout, highlights of the Second Edition include:
• a new CD that features an introductory version of the latest Winsteps program and the data files for the book's examples, preprogrammed to run using Winsteps;
• a new chapter on invariance that highlights the parallels between physical and human science measurement;
• a new appendix on analyzing data to help those new to Rasch analysis;
• more explanation of the key concepts and item characteristic curves;
• a new empirical example with data sets demonstrates the many facets of the Rasch model and other new examples; and
• an increased focus on issues related to unidimensionality, multidimensionality, and the Rasch factor analysis of residuals. Applying the Rasch Model is intended for researchers and practitioners in psychology, especially developmental psychologists, education, health care, medical rehabilitation, business, government, and those interested in measuring attitude, ability, and/or performance. The book is an excellent text for use in courses on advanced research methods, measurement, or quantitative analysis. Significant knowledge of statistics is not required.

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Editorial Reviews

In an introductory text accessible to researchers "who already had thought at least a little about the 'why' " of using the Rasch model for measurement of probabilistic human behavior, Bond (education, James Cook U., Australia) covers its basic principles, applications in the social sciences, and the issue of model fit. Appendices include technical aspects of the model; Rasch resources (including software, seminal papers, Web sites, organizations, and R&D enterprises); and a glossary. Fox teaches educational research and statistics courses at the U. of Toledo. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"A very clearly written book...I would recommend Bond & Fox to students and colleagues who have absolutely no knowledge of Rasch measurement."
—Randall Penfield, Ph.D.
University of Florida

"... it's the best book available for introducing IRT to novices ... My students have gained a good grasp of the what and why of Rasch from reading the book."
—Kathy E. Green, Ph.D.
University of Denver

"The first edition is an excellent teaching tool, and I think the revised version will be even better."
—George Engelhard, Ph.D.
Emory University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805854626
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 674,167
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why Measurement Is Fundamental 1
2 Important Principles of Measurement Made Explicit 9
3 Basic Principles of the Rasch Model 20
4 Building a Set of Items for Measurement 36
5 Test Equating: Can Two Tests Measure the Same Ability? 52
6 Measurement Using Likert Scales 66
7 The Partial Credit Rasch Model 88
8 Measuring Facets Beyond Ability and Difficulty 106
9 Revealing Stage-Based Development 119
10 The Rasch Model Applied Across the Human Sciences 139
11 Rasch Modeling Applied: Rating Scale Design 158
12 The Question of Model Fit 173
13 A Synthetic Overview 187
App. A Technical Aspects of the Rasch Model 199
App. B Rasch Resources 210
Glossary 229
References 235
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