Materials for "Constructing Measures"

From the publisher:

Constructing Measures introduces a way to understand the advantages and disadvantages of measurement instruments, how to use such instruments, and how to apply these methods to develop new instruments or adapt old ones. The book is organized around the steps taken while constructing an instrument. It opens with a summary of the constructive steps involved. Each step is then expanded on in the next four chapters. These chapters develop the "building blocks" that make up an instrument--the construct map, the design plan for the items, the outcome space, and the statistical measurement model. The next three chapters focus on quality control. They rely heavily on the calibrated construct map and review how to check if scores are operating consistently and how to evaluate the reliability and validity evidence. The book introduces a variety of item formats, including multiple-choice, open-ended, and performance items; projects; portfolios; Likert and Guttman items; behavioral observations; and interview protocols.
Constructing Measures is an ideal text or supplement in courses on item, test, or instrument development, measurement, item response theory, or rasch analysis taught in a variety of departments including education and psychology. The book also appeals to those who develop instruments, including industrial/organizational, educational, and school psychologists, health outcomes researchers, program evaluators, and sociological measurers. Knowledge of basic descriptive statistics and elementary regression is recommended.

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Case Studies

Constructing Measures case studies (these cases were original shipped with the CD accompanying the book).

Case Study 1Case Study 2Case Study 3

Guides for Reproducing Book Figures

Chapter 5 Instructions: Instructions for generating the figures in Chapter 5 of Constructing Measures. Topics include Item Characteristic Curves, Cumulative Probability Curves, and Wright Maps.

Chapter 6 Instructions: Instructions for generating the figures in Chapter 6 of Constructing Measures. Topics include Response Reports, generating confidence intervals on Wright Maps, Item Fit Graphs, and Kid Maps.

Chapter 7 Instructions: Instructions for generating the figures in Chapter 7 of Constructing Measures. Includes graphing standard errors of measurement.

Chapter 8 Instructions: Instructions for generating the figures in Chapter 8 of Constructing Measures. Topics include Classical Item Statistics and Step Thresholds