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Theory into Practice of Educational Assessment and Measurement
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IRN Start Date: February 1, 2013



This IRN builds on the organizational structure of The Assessment Research Centre (ARC), at The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and seeks to expand the network to include scholars from around the world. ARC takes a leadership role in cutting-edge assessment and measurement research in education and related areas in health and humanities, and teacher development and professional services in assessment for learning. Currently, there are four major research strands, each led by a senior member of ARC, including (1) IRT/CAT (item response theory & computerized adaptive testing) led by Director Wang, Wen Chung; (2) EAR (e-assessment and reporting) led by Co-Director Magdalena M.C. Mok; (3) PAM (personality and affective measurement) led by Co-Director Dennis McInerney; and (4) MAHA (medical and allied health assessment) led by Co-Director Lo, Sing Kai.

All strands function as a whole to produce quality research outcomes. Research projects in different strands share a common research procedure of test development, administration, data analysis, validation, reporting, and application. Each strand, however, has its own focus: The IRT/CAT strand focuses on building theory, the EAR strand focuses on tool/instrument development, while the PAM an MAHA strands focus on applying developed tools in different areas. The four existing strands will form the core of the IRN, but other strands may be added as scholars join the network. In addition to a report synthesizing significant research in the core areas, the IRN will promote collaboration among international scholars, produce high-impact research outputs, and identify promising research directions.



Wen-Chung Wang

The Hong Kong Institute of Education


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