David Kaplan to receive the 2018 Samuel J Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

Congratulations to Professor David Kaplan who will be receiving the 2018 Samuel J Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association. This annual award honours an individual who has a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the field of quantitative research methods and is endowed by the Educational Testing Service, in memory of psychologist professor Samuel J. Messick, PhD.

Division 5 draws together specialists in the areas of quantitative and qualitative methods and includes specialists in the fields of educational psychology, industrial-organisational psychology, individual assessment, measurement, program evaluation, psychometrics, qualitative inquiry, research interviewing, research methods and statistics.

Professor Kaplan is an Honorary Research Fellow of the department and a Research Associate of OUCEA, the department’s Centre for Educational Assessment. His research involves applications of advanced quantitative methodologies to substantive and methodological problems in international large-scale assessments in education. David has been actively involved in the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) where he served on its Technical Advisory Group from 2005-2009 and its Questionnaire Expert Group from 2004-present where he served as the Chair of the Questionnaire Expert Group for PISA 2015 and remains a member of the Questionnaire Expert Group for PISA 2018. He also sits on the Questionnaire Expert Group for the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), as well as the Design and Analysis Committee and the Questionnaire Standing Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Professor Kaplan also holds affiliate appointments with the University’s Department of Population Health Sciences and the Centre for Demography and Ecology, and is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with UW-Madison School of Education department of Educational Psychology.

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