Dr Diana Arya hosts Brown Bag Lunch in Department of Education

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Dr Diana Arya, visiting OUCEA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, hosted a Brown Bag Lunch in the Department of Education on 13th June. Her presentation was titled “Measuring Reading Strategy Use in a Multilingual Context” and the abstract was as follows:

In increasingly globalized and diverse societies, calls have been made for education to foster students’ ability to flexibly apply an array of strategies for developing reading comprehension (e.g., 2018 CCSS, ELA-Literacy/L/1-10). However, there is a dearth of assessments available that attempt to measure the ability to apply such strategies. The Strategy Use Measure (SUM) was designed help fill this gap, and to be pedagogically informative and culturally responsive to the increasingly multilingual adolescent student population in the southwestern United States, many of whom speak Spanish as a primary language. The iterative development of the measure, which loosely drew from the BEAR Assessment System (Wilson, 2005), involved construct mapping, item development, cognitive interviews, and both qualitative and statistical (Rasch) analyses of item responses. Implications of and potential directions for the uses of this measure will be discussed.

The slides from Diana’s presentation are available to view here.

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