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Professor Sireci will speak in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia, BarcelonaProfessor Stephen G. Sireci of UMass will participate in the Spanish Association of Methodology's Tenth National Congress of Methodology on February 6-9, 2007, in Barcelona, Spain.

On February 6, Professor Sireci will give a workshop entitled "Statistical Methods for Evaluating Translated/Adapted Tests and Surveys." The abstract for this workshop is as follows: "This workshop will cover guidelines and validity issues involved in assessing educational proficiencies, opinions, and attitudes across people who operate in different languages. Standards and guidelines for adapting tests for use across languages will be discussed. Statistical methods for evaluating the comparability of different language versions of an assessment will be presented, and applications of these methods will be illustrated. These methods include dimensionality analyses to evaluate structural equivalence (e.g., confirmatory factor analysis and multidimensional scaling) and differential item functioning analyses (e.g., approaches based on logistic regression and item response theory). A focus of the workshop will be use of these methods for improving the inferences derived from test scores."

On the following day, February 7, he will present a keynote talk on "Social Considerations and Equity Issues in Testing."

More information about the conference can be found online at the conference website here.


La Sagrada Familia photo credit: Alhambra Instituto

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