Sunday, November 09, 2008

Frank B. Womer Lectureship, Inaugural Speaker

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Robert Mislevy: SOME IMPLICATIONS OF EXPERTISE RESEARCH FOR EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008 12:10 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. TRIBUTE ROOM (1322) SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

This lectureship is made possible by a generous endowment from FRANK B. WOMER, who served the School of Education as a professor of educational measurement for 30 years.

These are exciting times in the world of educational assessment-days of urgent demands, but at the same time advances in psychology and technology that hold promise for improved practice. How can we use these new capabilities to tackle assessment problems we face today? This presentation focuses on insights from the study of cognition, particularly on the nature and acquisition of expertise. It points out implications for developing better assessments, and illustrates them with examples from research studies and applied projects.

Robert Mislevy is professor of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation at the University of Maryland, and affiliate professor of Survey Methods and Second Language Acquisition. His research applies developments in statistics, technology, and psychology to practical problems in educational and professional assessment.

His work includes an evidence- centered assessment design framework, a Bayesian inference network for an intelligent tutoring system, and, with Cisco Systems, simulation-based assessment of computer networking skills. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, a past-president of the Psychometric Society, and recipient of career contributions awards from the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

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