Handbook of Modern Item Response Theory

  • Wim J. van der Linden
  • Ronald K. Hambleton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Item Response Theory: Brief History, Common Models, and Extensions

    1. Wim J. van der Linden, Ronald K. Hambleton
      Pages 1-28
  3. Models for Items with Polytomous Response Formats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-31
    2. R. Darrell Bock
      Pages 33-49
    3. David Thissen, Lynne Steinberg
      Pages 51-65
    4. Erling B. Andersen
      Pages 67-84
    5. Fumiko Samejima
      Pages 85-100
    6. Geofferey N. Masters, Benjamin D. Wright
      Pages 101-121
    7. N. D. Verhelst, C. A. W. Glas, H. H. de Vries
      Pages 123-138
    8. Gerhard Tutz
      Pages 139-152
    9. Eiji Muraki
      Pages 153-164
  4. Models for Response Time or Multiple Attempts on Items

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-168
    2. N. D. Verhelst, H. H. F. M. Verstralen, M. G. H. Jansen
      Pages 169-185
    3. Edward E. Roskam
      Pages 187-208
    4. Judith A. Spray
      Pages 209-220
  5. Models for Multiple Abilities or Cognitive Components

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-223
    2. Gerhard H. Fischer
      Pages 225-243
    3. Aeilko H. Zwinderman
      Pages 245-256
    4. Roderick P. McDonald
      Pages 257-269
    5. Susan E. Embretson
      Pages 305-321
    6. Gerhard H. Fischer, Elisabeth Seliger
      Pages 323-346
  6. Nonparametric Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-349
    2. Robert J. Mokken
      Pages 351-367
    3. Ivo W. Molenaar
      Pages 369-380
    4. J. O. Ramsay
      Pages 381-394
  7. Models for Nonmonotone Items

  8. Models with Special Assumptions About the Response Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-432
    2. R. Darrell Bock, Michele F. Zimowski
      Pages 433-448
    3. Jürgen Rost
      Pages 449-463
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 495-510

About this book


Item response theory has become an essential component in the toolkit of every researcher in the behavioral sciences. It provides a powerful means to study individual responses to a variety of stimuli, and the methodology has been extended and developed to cover many different models of interaction. This volume presents a wide-ranging handbook to item response theory - and its applications to educational and psychological testing. It will serve as both an introduction to the subject and also as a comprehensive reference volume for practitioners and researchers. It is organized into six major sections: the nominal categories model, models for response time or multiple attempts on items, models for multiple abilities or cognitive components, nonparametric models, models for nonmonotone items, and models with special assumptions. Each chapter in the book has been written by an expert of that particular topic, and the chapters have been carefully edited to ensure that a uniform style of notation and presentation is used throughout. As a result, all researchers whose work uses item response theory will find this an indispensable companion to their work and it will be the subject's reference volume for many years to come.


behavior methodology modeling psychological testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Wim J. van der Linden
    • 1
  • Ronald K. Hambleton
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Educational Sciences and TechnologyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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