Mark J Gierl

Mark J. Gierl

Professor; Canada Research Chair in Educational Measurement, Centre for Research in Applied Measurement and Evaluation (CRAME)

Educational Psychology
mark.gierl@ualberta.ca
http://www.ualberta.ca/~mgierl/


Research Interests

Educational and psychological measurement, focusing on assessment engineering, including cognitive modeling, automatic item generation, automated test assembly, and automatic essay scoring; cognitive diagnostic assessment; differential item and bundle functioning; unidimensional and multidimensional item response theory; psychometric methods for evaluating test translation and adaptation



Representative Publications


Refereed Publications

Gierl, M. J., Lai, H., Latifi, F., Boulais, A-P, & DeChamplain, A. (in press). Automated essay scoring and the future of assessment in medical education. Medical Education.

Gierl, M. J. & Lai, H. (in press). Automatic item generation.  In S. Lane, M. Raymond, & T. Haladyna (Eds.), Handbook of test development (2nd edition). New York: Routledge.

Gierl, M. J., Lai, H., Fung, K., & Zheng, B. (in press). Using technology-enhanced processes to generate items in multiple languages.  In F. Drasgow (Ed.), Technology in testing: Measurement issues. New York: Routledge.

Gierl, M. J., & Lai, H. (2013a). Using automated processes to generate test items. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 32, 36-50.

Gierl, M. J., & Lai, H. (2013b). Evaluating the quality of medical multiple-choice items created with automated generation processes. Medical Education, 47, 726-733.

Gierl, M. J., & Lai, H. (2013c). Using weak and strong theory to create item models for automatic item generation: Some practical guidelines with examples. In M. J. Gierl & T. Haladyna (Eds.), Automatic item generation: Theory and practice (pp. 26-39). New York: Routledge.

Gierl, M. J., Lai, H., & Li, J. (2013). Identifying differential item functioning in multi-stage computer adaptive testing.  Educational Research and Evaluation, 19:2-3, 188-203. Invited paper appearing in Special Issue on Fairness Issues in Educational Assessment, Hossein Karami (Guest Editor).

Gierl, M. J., Lai, H., & Turner, S. (2012). Using automatic item generation to create multiple-choice items for assessments in medical education. Medical Education, 46, 757-765.

Gierl, M. J., & Lai, H. (2012). Using item models for automatic item generation. International Journal of Testing, 12, 273-298.

Authored Book

Leighton, J. P., & Gierl, M. J. (2011). The learning sciences in educational assessment: The role of cognitive models. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

Gierl, M. J., & Haladyna, T. (Eds.) (2013). Automatic item generation: Theory and practice. New York: Routledge.

Leighton, J. P., & Gierl, M. J. (Eds.) (2007). Cognitive diagnostic assessment for education: Theory and applications. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Winner of the 2009 American Educational Research Association (Division D) Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award.]


Courses Taught

  • EDPY 500 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research
  • EDPY 505 Advanced Univariate Statistics in Educational Research
  • EDPY 508 Item Response Theory
  • EDPY 608 Doctoral Seminar in Educational Measurement
  • EDPY 615 Program Evaluation
  • EDPY 697 Test Equating

Please contact me if you have questions about my research or our program of studies in the Department. I would be pleased to talk with you. You can also access the CRAME web page at http://www2.education.ualberta.ca/educ/psych/crame/