Division D – Measurement and Research Methodology

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Welcome

The AERA Division D (DivD) Graduate Student Council (GSC) focuses on supporting and promoting graduate student activities related to Measurement and Research Methodology. This broad field is broken down into three subdivisions: educational measurement, psychometrics, and assessment (D1); quantitative methods and statistical theory as applied to educational research (D2); and qualitative, postqualitative, interpretive, and case-based methods (D3). The GSC is comprised of a Senior Representative (Christopher Runyon – The University of Texas at Austin), a Junior Representative (James Mason – University of California, Berkeley), and 7 GSC members. These seven members are split into two groups, which aim to (1) improve content and resources for DivD graduate students via the DivD GSC webpage; and (2) provide better social media outreach to Division D graduate students through Facebook and Twitter. The GSC volunteers for the resources subcommittee are Mine Dogucu (The Ohio State University), Alejandra Garcia (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Xiaolin Wang (Indiana University – Bloomington), and Kim Trang (University of Kansas). The social media subcommittee volunteers are Myrah Stockdale (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Ye Ling (University of Iowa), and Angie Starrett (University of South Carolina).

Division Updates / Upcoming Events

Division D Fireside Chat: “How can the Philosophy of Measurement illuminate what we mean when we “measure” in education?”

Fri, April 28, 2:15 to 3:45pm |Convention Center, River Level, Rm 6D

In the Division D fireside chat, we will turn a careful philosophical eye onto the work of educational and psychological measurement. When we measure depression, algebra achievement, or student motivation, what parallels are there to measuring the mass of a cat, the momentum of an electron, or the distance to a star? Panelists will examine various models used in educational measurement with regard to their philosophical implications for (a) the acts involved in measuring, (b) the nature of the attribute or construct being measured, and (c) the connections between the results of measuring and the intended construct. In order to make the bridge from knowledge to action, panelists will also explore implications for validity, and for the practice of measurement.

Division D Graduate Student In-Progress Research Gala:

Sun, April 30, 8:15 to 9:45am | Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas Ballroom Salon E&F

This is a poster session where the top proposals by graduate students in all three section of Division D present their work.  There are 2 new elements this year: (1) a large number of researchers have volunteered to attend the Gala to provide valuable in-person feedback on the posters, and (2) the selection of the best proposal in each section will be done on site by these researchers.  Come learn about exceptional research done by other graduate students and interact with researchers in the field!

Division D Exemplary Works from Promising Researchers:

Sat, April 29, 2:45 to 4:15pm | Convention Center, River Level, Rm. 7A

The winners of the top proposals from the 2016 In-Progress Research Gala are back to present an update to their study in a regular paper session!  The speakers for this session will be: HyunJoo Jung, “An Investigation of the Effect of DIF on MDS Weights;” Sunyoung Park, “Assessing Estimation of the Three-level Meta-analysis Model: Synthesizing Effect Sizes for Multiple Outcomes per Study;”, and Kenneth Butler, “Motivation for Mathematics: The development and validation of an abbreviated instrument.”

Division D / NCME Graduate Student Joint Social:

Check the AERA Division D Graduate Student Facebook page for more details!

Getting Involved

Information about the DivD In-Progress Research Gala and DivD GSC events will be posted on the DivD GSC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DivDGSC/) and on the DivD Twitter (https://twitter.com/AERADivDGrad). If you’re interested in learning more about the DivD GSC, including how you can help participate during the 2017-2018 school year, please write divd.gradstudent@gmail.com.

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