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Trends in Psychological Measurement: Item-Response Theory (IRT)

An outcome of increasing computer technology is that item-response theory (IRT) is becoming increasingly easy to apply. New software and fast and inexpensive computers are readily accessible. This has made possible the development of item banks and computer administration that can be carefully matched to an examinee's ability level. IRT also allows test items to be compared across languages and cultures.

Can you please help me with a brief summary of this article: Naglieri, J. A., Drasgow, F., Schmit, M., Handler, L., Prifitera, A., Margolis, A., & Velasquez, R. (2004). Psychological testing on the Internet: New problems, old issues. American Psychologist, 59(3), 150-162.

Explain how the article characterizes the trend.

Explain two implications of this trend in future testing, measurement, and research.

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Dear Student,

Hi and thank you for your trust. The solution below should get you started. In this particular problem, your professor is expecting you to study a particular article and show how the topic is being 'characterized' - applied/shown/utilized. Thus, it is a straightforward thing; read the article, look for elements of the concept as exhibited in it and provide an opinion. This would be my suggested outline:

1. Particulars of the article + summary.
2. Application of IRT - is it easy to apply as shown?
3. Opinion.

Don't forget to add ideas from your current class materials. Good luck with your study.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones
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Article Particulars:

Naglieri, J. A., Drasgow, F., Schmit, M., Handler, L., Prifitera, A., Margolis, A., & Velasquez, R. (2004). Psychological testing on the Internet: New problems, old issues, in American Psychologist, 59(3), 150-162.

Online Access:
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This particular study, a 2004 collaboration between scholars, practitioners, academics and specialists looks at the manner by which the internet has impacted the practice of psychology with a particular focus on testing and assessment. The sections that make it up are divided into 3 broad headings - background and context, new problems yet old issues, issues for special populations, ethical and professional issues, and recommendations ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of putting together a discursive summary of an IRT article. Advise to put together such a review is provided with a suggested outline. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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