IOMW 2020 Spotlight Talk: Unfolding Models and Learning Progressions: Identification of Feedback Strategies for Improving Writing (Session 2/4) [Online]


The purpose of this study is to suggest the use of an unfolding model to address measurement issues that emerge in the use of learning progressions. First, we critically review and evaluate the previous literature related to learning progressions in a variety of fields. Next, a conceptual framework for learning progressions is developed to provide theory-based guidance for English Language Arts teachers. We discuss our framework within the context of writing assessment. Unfolding models offer an alternative measurement paradigm for connecting learning progressions and teaching strategies for individual students. In particular, we discuss the use of formative-feedback strategies in writing. Feedback strategies for improving student writing are identified and mapped to a learning progression for writing. We are currently designing an empirical study to identify feedback strategies for improving student writing with middle-school teachers.

Ye Yuan is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Quantitative Methodology program, Educational Psychology department at the University of Georgia. She works closely with Prof. Engelhard. She is also a graduate research assistant at the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE) in the College of Education. Her research focus on educational measurement, and language assessment using the family of IRT models, especially Rasch models and unfolding models. She also interests in classification accuracy and consistency.

George Engelhard, Jr., Ph.D. joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in the fall of 2013. He is professor emeritus at Emory University(1985 to 2013). Professor Engelhard received his Ph.D. in 1985 from The University of Chicago (MESA Program--measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis). Professor Engelhard is the author of three books: (1) Rasch models for solving measurement problems: Invariant measurement in the social sciences (in press with Dr. Jue Wang), (2) Invariant measurement with raters and rating scales: Rasch models for rater-mediated assessments(2018 with Dr. Stefanie A. Wind), and (3) Invariant measurement: Using Rasch models in the social, behavioral, and health sciences (2013). He is the co-editor of five books, and he has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs. He serves on several national technical advisory committees on educational measurement and policy in several states in the United States. In 2015, he received the first Qiyas Award for Excellence in International Educational Assessment recognizing his contributions to the improvement of educational measurement at the local, national and international levels. Professor Engelhard was a co-editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement. He is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 2:00pm
Online session
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