Ulrika Wolff

CHALLENGES IN EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENTS - CONTENTS, METHODS AND CONSEQUENCES

Decentralization and deregulation and increased requirements on reporting and monitoring of quality and efficiency at different levels of the educational system implies that the research field of Educational measurement nowadays involves many stakeholders, such as national and international politicians, authorities, pupils, students, parents, teachers, school leaders, local politicians and administrators. Though these stakeholders have varying demands of information, they have in common expectations regarding educational measurements, namely a highly reliable prediction and ability to identify causal relationships between different types of verifiable and uncontrolled phenomenon in education.
However, the recruitment of young scholars to the research field in problematic - in Sweden as well as in other Scandinavian countries. The number of doctoral students who are engaged in collection and analysis of quantitative empirical data is too small for guaranteeing a further qualified development of theory and methods in the field.
The two- day conference Challenges in educational measurements - contents, methods and consequences aims at breaking this negative trend by offering a common forum for exchange knowledge and development in the field of Educational measurements as well as the challenges encountered in the field, both methodological and substantive. The conference is planned for 250 participants from Scandinavia, Europe and the US.

The project aim
The aim of the two-day conference Challenges in educational measurements - contents, methods and consequences was to create an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of Educational measurements and to stimulate to a further development of an international network of researchers in the field. Another aim was to highlight and discuss possible research strategies and developments during the conference.

Yet another important aim was to inspire young researchers who are still in the beginning of their career, to join the field. The conference was also important for encouraging doctoral students, and potential doctoral students, to engage in the research field of Educational measurement, because the recruitment of young scholars to the research field in problematic - in Sweden as well as in other Scandinavian countries. The number of doctoral students who are engaged in collection and analysis of quantitative empirical data is too small for guaranteeing a further qualified development of theory and methods in the field. We hope the conference contributed to networking between doctoral students and researchers that are experienced.

The most important results of the project
The conference have contributed to exchange knowledge in the field of Educational measurements about the challenges encountered in the field, both methodological and substantive. The research field of Educational measurement nowadays involves many stakeholders, such as national and international politicians, authorities, pupils, students, parents, teachers, school leaders, local politicians and administrators. Though these stakeholders have varying demands of information, they have common expectations regarding a highly reliable prediction and ability to identify causal relationships between different types of verifiable and uncontrolled phenomenon in education, such as measurement of issues in educational quality, equity and efficiency.

There were 200 researchers registered who attended the Challenge Conference, a substantial number of participants were junior researchers. We also observed a large number of drop-in student audients, who are still at the stage of choosing their pathway into academic career and wanted get some more knowledge about the field of educational measurement.

At the conference, we also took the opportunity to honor Professor Jan-Eric Gustafsson on his retirement for his invaluable contribution to the field of Educational measurements.

The conference program:
University of Gothenburg, Department of Education
Room: Auditorium AK2 155 Kjell Härnqvistsalen
October 12
8.00 am - 9.00 am
Registration
9.00 am - 9.15 am
Opening of the conference by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, Pam Fredman
9.15 am - 9.25 am
Åke Ingerman, Dean of the Faculty of Education
9.25 am - 9.35 am
Mona Arfs, Head of department of Education and Special Education
9.35 am - 9.45 am
Practical information
9.45 am - 10.15 am
Coffee
10.15 am - 12.00 pm
Monica Rosén, and Panel: "Cognitive Abilities and Educational Outcome. A tribune to Jan-Eric Gustafsson."
12.00 pm - 1.30 pm
Lunch
1.30 pm - 2.20 pm
Patrick Kyllonen, What is Fluid intelligence? Can it be improved?
2.20 pm - 3.10 pm
Richard Shavelson, Reflections on (Bi) Factor Analysis.
3.10 pm - 3.40 pm
Coffee
3.40 pm - 4.00 pm
Gudrun Erickson, National Assessment in Sweden - A multi-dimensional (ad)venture.
4.00 pm - 4.50 pm
Jan-Eric Gustafsson, Challenges in Educational Measurements.
4.50 pm - 5.00 pm
Practical information about the evening
7.00 pm
Gala dinner

October 13
9.00 am - 9.50 am Leonidas Kyriakides, Exploring stability and change in school effectiveness: an approach to search for causality in education
9.50 am - 10.40 am Norman Verhelst, Balance: a neglected aspect of reporting test results
10.40 am - 11.00 am Coff ee
11.00 am - 12.00 pm Joanna Giota, The longitudinal, cohort sequential ETF-project: experiences during 55 years
Ulrika Wolff, Structure of phonology at age four - and its relation to Gf
Kajsa Yang Hansen, Measuring socioeconomic status: some methodological issues
12.00 pm - 12.50 pm Henry Levin, Value-added Measures and Teacher Productivity:
Solutions or Challenges?
12.50 pm - 1.50 pm Lunch
1.50 pm - 2.40 pm Andreas Demetriou, Development Mind and Intelligence: Integrating the Developmental and the Psychometric Traditions
2.40 pm - 3.10 pm Coffee
3.10 pm - 4.00 pm Ina Mullis & Michael Martin, Causal explanations in a changing world: how PIRLS questionnaire data evolve to meet the challenge
4.00 pm - 4.50 pm Sigrid Blömeke, A question of validity: Clarifying the hierarchical nature of teacher cognition
4.50 pm - 5.00 pm Questions and closure


Publication
In relation to the conference, we published an edited book Cognitive Abilities and Educational Outcomes. A Festschrift in Honour of Jan-Eric Gustafsson. Editors of the book are Monica Rosén, Kajsa Yang Hansen, Ulrika Wolff. The book is published in October 2016 by Springer. We presented the book to Jan-Eric Gustafsson for his years of active role and contributions in the field of Educational Measurement.