[Rasch] International Objective Measurement Workshop's 17th biennial conference

Mark Moulton markhmoulton at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 04:12:29 EST 2013


Dear David,

I think such a presentation -- an *apologia* for special objectivity as the
basis for any kind of quantitative work in any field -- would be of great
interest and importance.  Your steadfastness and insights have been an
anchor to this community.

Mark

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:43 AM, David Andrich <david.andrich at uwa.edu.au>wrote:

> Mark. I plan to be there.  I was at the first one and look forward to this
> one. I have been thinking about how we go about our work. I will try to put
> together a presentation that considers our “marketing” of Rasch’s great
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> *From:* rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au [mailto:rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au] *On
> Behalf Of *Mark Moulton
> *Sent:* Tuesday, 30 July 2013 4:01 PM
> *To:* rasch at acer.edu.au
> *Cc:* Gregory Stone; Brent Duckor; Stefanie Sebok; Jade Caines
> *Subject:* [Rasch] International Objective Measurement Workshop's 17th
> biennial conference****
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> Dear Rasch Colleagues,****
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> The International Objective Measurement Workshop (IOMW) conference
> planning committee announces the 17th biennial international conference,
> and a *call for papers*, on the theme:****
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> *"Democratizing Measurement"*****
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> Mark the dates now!****
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> *When*****
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> Workshops on Monday, May 31, 2014****
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> Conference on Tuesday, April 1 -- Wednesday, April 2, 2014****
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> (Immediately preceding AERA and NCME)****
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> *Where*****
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> Hilton Garden Inn, Philadelphia****
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> 1100 Arch Street,****
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> Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107****
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> USA****
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> *Details, Registration, and Paper/Presentation Guidelines*****
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> http://iomw2014.eventbrite.com/****
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> (Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page!)****
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> As the organizer for 2014, I feel a need to say some personal words about
> this conference.  The IOMW has always occupied an odd and precious role in
> my professional life.  It is the closest thing to a "Rasch home" that I
> know, perhaps the oldest continuous venue of the Rasch community.  It
> doesn't feel like a industry conference, nor even an academic or scientific
> conference.  It is where individuals from a variety of Rasch schools --
> schools centered in Europe, Australia, Chicago, Colorado, Berkeley, Hong
> Kong, and elsewhere -- share a passion for a certain way of looking at the
> world.  It is composed of practitioners, academics, theorists,
> philosophers, cranks, and warriors.  That a mere "methodology", a *probability
> model*, should evoke these kinds of passions, attract this diversity of
> individuals, is odd to say the least.  ****
>
> ** **
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> I want to be honest here.  IOMW and the Rasch community feel somewhat
> marginal to me now.  The trends of the last decade or so have been against
> us.  The crowning idea of our community -- specific objectivity -- seems to
> have gotten lost in the fog somehow.  It should be ubiquitous.  In an
> effort to reclaim the centrality and importance of Rasch's core ideas, we
> in the IOMW organizing committee have been thinking hard about how to
> expand, clarify, and deepen the subject matter of our community
> interactions.  ****
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> As you peruse the IOMW registration website and primary website, you will
> see that we are opening the workshop to a range of papers, topics, and
> formats that may seem new, though they are not.  If you ever suppressed
> ideas relating to the practice, theory, and philosophy of measurement, or
> because you felt your applications, constructs, or theories were outside
> the mainstream of our community, this is the conference -- maybe the only
> conference -- where you will have a chance to break out of the bubble.
>  There will be no parallel sessions, no speaking to an empty room.****
>
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> If you have drifted away from IOMW over the years, I ask you to give it
> another look.  I ask you to invite friends and colleagues who are on the
> edge of our community.  I and the other members of the organizing committee
> are extremely interested in figuring out what IOMW needs, and what Rasch
> modeling wants to be, over the next decade or so.****
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> We look forward to the pleasure of your company next April.****
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> Yours Truly,****
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> Mark H. Moulton (lead 2014 organizer)****
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> with Jade Caines, Brent Duckor, Stefanie Sebok, Gregory Stone, and Richard
> Smith****
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