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Briggs, Derek Christian Professor

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Research

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  • Derek Briggs's research agenda focuses upon building sound methodological approaches for the measurement and evaluation of growth in student achievement. More generally, he is interested in conceptual issues that inform our understanding of measurement in the context of education. Examples of his research interests related to educational assessment include (1) the use (and misuse) of developmental score scales to model growth in student learning, (2) creating psychometric models that facilitate diagnostic inferences about hypothesized student learning progressions. Examples of research interests in applied statistics include the critical analysis of the statistical models used to make causal inferences about the effects of teachers, schools and other educational interventions on the growth of student achievement.

keywords

  • growth modeling, developmental score scales, learning progressions, assessment design, causal inference, psychometrics, item response theory

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Teaching

courses taught

  • EDUC 7416 - Seminar: Research Methodology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Presents selected topics for advanced study in educational research, statistics, measurement, and evaluation.
  • EDUC 8720 - Advanced Topics in Measurement
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Focuses on psychometric models for measurement and their applications in educational and psychological research. Emphasizes understanding and evaluating the utility of models from item response theory (IRT). Applies and compares measurement models in the context of simulated or empirical data sets. Recommended prerequisite: EDUC 8710.

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