Book Review of Rasch Models for Solving Measurement Problems: Invariant Measurement in the Social Sciences by Engelhard Jr. and Wang

Xiao Xie


As a paradigm shift from classical test theory, Rasch measurement theory introduces a framework of scales that is capable of producing invariant measurement, which plays an increasingly important role in solving practical measurement problems in the social sciences, psychometrics, and health sciences. Researchers have increasingly adopted Rasch measurement to develop and validate scales in a variety of educational and psychological contexts (e.g. Mendoza & Yan, 2021; Yan & Pastore, 2022). Rasch measurement is often used in the validation of scales in conjunction with structural equation models (SEM), which provide meaningful answers to a variety of measurement questions. However, it remains unfamiliar to many researchers, practitioners, and educators who have embraced classical test theory.

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