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  • PSYCHOLOGY 290    Section: 4

    Fundamentals of Item Response Theory

    Winter Quarter 2011

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. See instructor for CRN.

    Course Description:
    PSC290: Fundamentals in Item Response Theory

    Item response theory (IRT) has become increasingly popular in the past few decades in a wide variety of fields. Whether it is being used to create computerized adaptive tests for health related quality of life, allow for seamless equating in K-12 educational testing, or to create more precise measurement instruments in psychological testing, IRT has become an essential feature of the modern measurement landscape. 

    This graduate level seminar will be broken into three sections: (1) Overview of classical test theory (CTT), focusing on the assumptions typically made in CTT and how IRT allows us to relax those assumptions. (2) Basic IRT models (2- & 3-parameter logistic, graded response model, etc.), with the emphasis on understanding the parameters and the basic concepts involved. This part also explores different software packages available for estimating the parameters of these models. (3) Advanced topics to provide an overview of the wide variety of potential uses for IRT. Topics include: Linking, Equating, Differential Item Functioning, Measurement Invariance, and Longitudinal IRT Models.


    Book Title: The Theory and Practice of Item Response Theory
    Author: R.J. de Ayala
    Copyright Year: 2009
    Edition: 1
    ISBN: Unknown

    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    188 Young W   1:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Kevin Grimm , Ph.D. 174G Young Hall