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A case of the inapplicability of the Rasch model: Mapping conceptual learning

K Stacey, V Steinle

Mathematics Education Research Journal | Published : 2006


The basic theory of Rasch measurement applies to situations where a person has a certain level of a trait being investigated, and this level of ability is what determines (to within a measurement error) how well the person does on each item in a test. This paper responds to frequent suggestions from colleagues that the use of Rasch measurement would be profitable in analysing a set of data on students' understanding of decimal notation. We demonstrate misfit to the Rasch model by showing that item difficulty estimates show important variation by year level, that there is significant deviation from expected score curves, and that success on certain splitter items does not imply a student is m..

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