Applying the Rasch Model
Fundamental Measurement in the Human Sciences, Second Edition
Routledge – 2007 – 356 pages
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:
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.
"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.
Contents: Preface. Foreword. Why Measurement Is Fundamental. Important Principles of Measurement Made Explicit. Basic Principles of the Rasch Model. Building a Set of Items for Measurement. Invariance: A Crucial Property of Scientific Measurement. Measurement Using Likert Scales. The Partial Credit Rasch Model. Measuring Facets Beyond Ability and Difficulty. Development, Education, Rehabilitation: Change Over Time. The Rasch Model Applied Across the Human Sciences. Rasch Modeling Applied: Rating Scale Design. Model Fit and Unidimensionality. A Synthetic Overview. Appendices.