David Andrich

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David Andrich
Professor Andrich at The University of Western Australia
Born Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Fields Education, Psychometrics, Quantitative Methods
Institutions The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University
Alma mater University of Chicago
Notable students Elizabeth Constable, Jim Tognolini, Guanzhong Luo, Stephen Humphry
Known for Contributions to Rasch measurement theory, quantitative research methods
Influences Georg Rasch, Thomas Kuhn, Ronald Fisher
Influenced Assessment-based measurement practices in education and health, internationally
Notable awards Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia

David Andrich has made substantial contributions to quantitative social science including seminal work on the Polytomous Rasch model for measurement, which is used in the social sciences, in health and other areas. He is currently a Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia, where he holds the Chapple Chair in Education. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia in 1990 for contributions to measurement in the social sciences [1]. David Andrich spent time working with Georg Rasch in Denmark and Australia. He is one of the most prominent advocates of Rasch's probabilistic measurement models.



David Andrich completed his BSc in mathematics and applied mathematics at the University of Western Australia. He briefly taught high school mathematics and worked in the curriculum branch of the Education Department of Western Australia, before being appointed to the Department of Education at The University of Western Australia.

David Andrich completed his PhD at the University of Chicago’s MESA program in the School of Education in 1973. His PhD Committee consisted of Benjamin D Wright, R Darrell Bock, and Shelby J. Haberman. In 1977 he spent 6 months as a fellow of the Danish Institute for Educational Research working with the late Danish Mathematician [Georg Rasch], and he spent another six months as a research fellow at The University of Chicago working with Professor Benjamin Wright. In 1986 he spent a further six months at The University of Chicago. [2]

Academic career[edit]

In 1990 and in 1993 and 1996, David Andrich was appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Trento in Italy for periods of two months. In 1986 he took up the position of Professor of Education at Murdoch University, where he worked until 2007. During that time, he was the Dean of Education at Murdoch University from 1988-1990 inclusive, and from June 2003 until end May 2005. In 2007 he returned to The University of Western Australia as Chapple Professor of Education.

David Andrich has been a member of editorial boards for a number of journals including Psychometrika (1995–2003), Applied Psychological Measurement (1986-), the Journal of Educational Measurement (1984–1989) and Australian Journal of Education (1990–1993). He has written a number of reports for both the State and Federal Governments, and in 1990 he was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia for his contributions to measurement in the social sciences. He continues to teach educational measurement.

He is especially known for his work in Item Response Theory, with a particular focus on Rasch models for measurement. His research and work ranges from the philosophy of measurement, through model developments, exposition and interpretation, to software development. He has published in Educational, Psychological, Sociological and Statistical journals. He is the author of Rasch Models for Measurement (Sage) and coauthor of the software package Rasch Unidimensional Measurement Models (RUMMLab). He has published extensively in areas ranging from Rasch models to philosophy of science. Some of these publications are listed in articles on the Rasch model and Polytomous Rasch model.

David Andrich has organized a series of conferences on Rasch measurement models hosted in Perth, Australia, which have attracted researchers from a wide array of countries [3], [4], [5]. He has held major grants with the Australian Research Council continuously since 1985 [6].

Major publications[edit]

Andrich, D. (1988) Rasch Models for Measurement. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

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