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Jena Spring School on Educational Measurement


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About the Jena Spring School

The Jena Spring School on Educational Measurement is hosted by the Department of Research Methods in Education at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. The overarching goal of the Spring School is to provide researchers working in the field of educational measurement, psychology, and general educational research with an opportunity to improve their methodological knowledge and skills required for conducting educational research at an international level.

The Spring School offers workshops that cover recent methodological topics in educational research and provide a mixture of lectures and hands-on-exercises. The 2017 workshops were held by distinguished measurement experts from Germany, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The intended audience for the Spring School workshops is English-speaking postgraduates (with or without a PhD) and professors. The language of instruction is English.

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Motivation for setting up the Jena Spring School

In recent years, the importance of Educational Measurement has grown substantially and still continuous to grow. Profound knowledge of the current methodological developments in areas like Item-Response-Theory, Bayesian modelling, longitudinal analysis and multi-level analysis and skills to apply them are indispensable in order to conduct research at an international level. But, these methodological aspects are rarely covered by the current university curricula in educational science and psychology - at least in Europe. The aim of the Spring School is to close this gap by offering a range of appropriate high-quality workshops. Additionally, the Spring School provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and learn to know colleagues conducting methodological research or using elaborate statistical methods.