The Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center designs and delivers educational assessment instruments, performs research in assessment and psychometrics, and trains graduate students in these areas.
We collaborate with researchers in universities across the United States and abroad to develop software and other resources for constructing, managing, administering, and analyzing assessments.
DRDP(2015) suite of assessments are now available for early implementation! The DRDP(2015) assessments are authentic observational assessment tools used throughout California to support the development for children from early infancy through kindergarten. For over 15 years, BEAR Center researchers collaboratively refined the tool to ensure that it is a valid and reliable measurement of development in early childhood. BEAR Center is responsible for the DRDPtech technology system.
The BEAR Center is collaborating with a team of mathematics education content experts at Arizona State University led by Pat Thompson on this NSF-funded project. The goal of Project Aspire is to develop an instrument that assesses secondary mathematics teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching secondary mathematics.
The ADM project aims to develop an assessment system to evaluate elementary and middle school students’ skills and understanding related to data modeling and statistical reasoning.
- This issue is explores the methodological disagreement concerning causal indicators, discussing wether they are inherently sensitive to interpretational confounding or not.
Selected presentations by BEAR Center researchers:
Panel Discussion with Mark Wilson, Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, P. David Pearson, Andy Maul, Katherine Castellano, Alyssa Sayavedra
Interested in applying for competitive fellowships? Come join our two-part panel discussion with GSE faculty who have participated on selection committees for nationally competitive awards. Hear firsthand what the selection processes are really like and what distinguishes winning proposals from the rest. Following the faculty panel, there will be a separate session where past awardees tell us how they went about preparing their applications and share tips from their experiences.
What Works in Boston May Not Work in Los Angeles: Understanding Site Differences and Generalizing Effects from One Site to Another
Kara Rudolph, UC Berkeley & UC San Francisco
Multi-site interventions are common in numerous fields of research, including education. One example is the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) study, an intervention in which families in public housing were randomized to receive housing vouchers and logistical support to move to low-poverty neighborhoods. This intervention took place in 5 sites across the U.S. and intervention effects varied by site.
Avi Feller, Goldman School of Public Policy
Conception and Measurement of Attitudes within the Campbell Paradigm: Environmental Attitude as the Example
Florian G. Kaiser, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
As with other areas of attitude research, studies of environmental attitude are plagued with an attitude-behavior gap and an escalating number of concepts and models meant to overcome this gap. Incompatible models and low proportions of explained behavioral variance are but a few of the consequences. This presentation introduces the Campbell paradigm, an alternative to the traditional understanding of attitudes and a novel theoretical account of individual behavior.