[Rasch] Relaxing in the past..or looking to the future?

Trevor Bond trevor.bond at jcu.edu.au
Thu Feb 18 13:29:39 EST 2010


Dear Rasch colleagues,
Isn’t a great pleasure to go to Rasch-related meetings / conferences / 
workshops and catch up with what our colleagues have been doing for the past 
year or two. It’s comforting, as well , to know exactly how the meetings work, 
who will be in the audience, as well as how predictable will be the food and the 
local customs.

Yet there is a vibrant, exciting parallel universe of Rasch meetings – one of 
which is held somewhere in SE /Eastern Asia every year since 2005: the Pacific 
Rim Objective Measurement Symposium. 

Sure, if you haven’t been to a meeting or traveled in SE Asia, you might feel a 
little out of your comfort zone. If you are not used to new-comers approaching 
Rasch measurement with a genuine sense of excitement, you might feel out of 
your comfort zone. If you are not used to working with motivated scholars in 
developing countries, you might feel out of your comfort zone. If your not used 
to seeing applications of Rasch measurement which will actually change 
people’s lives, you might feel out of your comfort zone. If your colleagues don’t 
treat you as knowing something that they really value, you might feel out of 
your comfort zone. 

Almost all experienced western Rasch folk who come to PROMS, bounce back 
for a second / third / sixth shot… So what are you missing?

The call for papers for PROMS KL 2010 is here: 
http://www.iiu.edu.my/proms/2010

And a final, unsolicited word (2009) from a colleague with decades of 
presentations: 
    “PROMS was easily the best conference I have been at this year.”

And you, in 2010?: 
    Relaxing in the past..or looking to the future?

Collegially
TGB

Prof Trevor G BOND
Adjunct Professor
School of Education
James Cook University
AUSTRALIA
mob: +61 416 82 70 83

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