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ERIC Number: EJ812327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1536-6367
Historical Perspectives on Invariant Measurement: Guttman, Rasch, and Mokken
Engelhard, George, Jr.
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, v6 n3 p155-189 Jul 2008
The purpose of this study is to describe how Guttman, Rasch, and Mokken approached issues related to invariant measurement. These measurement theorists were chosen to illustrate the evolution of our conceptualizations of invariant measurement during the 20th century within the research tradition of item response theory. Item response theory can be viewed as consisting of nonparametric and parametric scaling models. Invariant measurement consists of requirements related to the item-invariant measurement of individuals, and the sample-invariant calibration of items. Guttman was selected to represent a nonparametric approach to invariant measurement based on a deterministic scaling model, whereas Rasch was selected to represent a parametric approach based on a probabilistic model. Mokken presents a nonparametric approach based on a probabilistic model. Mokken combines aspects of Guttman Scaling with Rasch measurement theory, and provides a nonparametric framework for examining Rasch's requirements for invariant measurement. (Contains 9 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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