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Introduction to Psychometrics

The case of Rasch models

Iasonas Lamprianou

Charting Private Tutoring in Cyprus

A Socio-Demographic Perspective

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Iasonas Lamprianou and Thekla Afantiti Lamprianou

Cyprus is one of the European countries where the phenomenon of shadow education is particularly widespread. The political establishment, the Press and the teacher unions have repeatedly referred to shadow education as an anathema or a ‘cancer’ which makes public education and families suffer. Legally, shadow education consists of three distinct types of institutions: the privately-owned, the state-controlled and the illegal which operate underground. This study uses government survey data to investigate the nature of the phenomenon. We found that the industry of private tutoring is particularly widespread in secondary education although the phenomenon is also very visible in primary education. Contrary to the expectations of current literature, the socioeconomic status of the families is not significantly related to the decision of households to engage into private tuition. We discuss the educational as well as the social perspective of our findings.

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou

This book is a natural step beyond our earlier text A Teacher’s Guide to Assessment, which was published almost six years ago. The purpose of this book is to offer a straightforward guide to educational assessment for teachers at all levels of education, including trainers and instructors. The scope of this book is wider, however, and the targeted audience is broader than the first edition. It is designed to address the needs not only of those taking a first course in educational assessment and measurement but it can also usefully serve students at the post-graduate level, as well as experienced teachers, trainers and instructors who would like to update their knowledge and acquire practical skills using relevant quantitative methods. The book is appropriate for an international audience. In this revised edition we have added new and important material which covers the assessment arrangements necessary for people with special needs and the use of technology for assessment purposes. We have elaborated on the dangers of differential item functioning; we have extended the Rasch measurement material; and enriched the book with practical examples using Microsoft Excel. The main message of the book is that assessment is not based on commonsense but on a huge body of international research and application over many years. Testing is a powerful, vital and large part of a teacher’s assessment arsenal because it can be practical, structured and very informative. The correct use of testing, either in its traditional paper-and-pencil form or in its modern technology-based style can be a formidable ally for every teacher who aspires to practise evidence-based teaching and learning.

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou

Iasonas Lamprianou and James A. Athanasou