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W. David Scales

William Scales

Assistant Professor

College of Education and Allied Professions

Psychology

Contact Information

Email: wdscales@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.2457
Office: 302-K Killian Building

Education

  • MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • BA, University of New Mexico Albuquerque

Research Interests

• Multi-focus, cross-disciplinary approach to standard and novel techniques for applying advanced measurement techniques to all academic fields, with a primary focus on education and educational psychology • Applications of item response theory, structural equation modeling, factor analysis and other psychometric techniques to issues concerning student learning, motivation, self-efficacy and retention; equity education; and issues concerning advanced learners • Application of the generalized graded unfolding model (GGUM) of item response theory to survey research and development • Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to student retention and advancement, reading & literacy teaching methods • Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research opportunities • Mixed-methods approaches to educational research, analysis and interpretation • Standard-setting techniques and applications • Assessment creation and curricular alignment using principled item design techniques • Issues of validity as they apply to current educational testing, assessment, policies and programs at all levels • Application of cognitive diagnostic models and classification models in educational settings

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