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Anastasi Lecture Series: 2011





Presentation: Some Implications of Expertise Research for Educational Assessment

Presenter: Robert J. Mislevy, Ph.D. (ETS)
The Frederic M. Lord Chair in Measurement and Statistics at Educational Testing Service and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland at College Park


October 25th, 2011


Bio: Robert J. Mislevy, ph.D., is the Frederic M. Lord Chair in Measurement and Statistics at Educational Testing Service and professor emeritus at the University of Maryland at College Park. His research applies developments in technology, statistical methods and cognitive science to practical problems in assessment. 
A past president of the Psychometric Society and a member of the National Academy of Education, Mislevy is a recipient of the American educational research Association's E.F. Lindquist Award, TOEFL's Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award, and the National Council of Measurement in Education's Award for Technical Contributions to Educational Measurement, among many others.

Abstract: An educational assessment embodies an argument from a handful of observations of what students say, do, or make in a handful of particular circumstances, to what they know or can do in what kinds of situations more broadly. This presentation discusses ways that research into the nature and development of expertise can help assessment designers create tasks that address key aspects of targeted learning. Four themes from expertise are presented: organization of knowledge, social aspects of expertise, knowledge representations, and interaction. Ways to develop assessment tasks around these themes are illustrated with examples from applied projects.

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