Recent Submissions

  • The "Gap Year" in Australia: Incidence, Participant Characteristics and Outcomes 

    Curtis, David D (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014-04)
    I report on the incidence of gap-taking-a year between secondary school and university-and find it has increased from about 10 per cent to almost 25 per cent of recent school-leaver university entrants. Gap-takers have ...
  • Research and national debate on Australian schooling 

    Keeves, John Philip; Curtis, David D (Shannon Research Press, 2006-11)
    This paper is a response to the paper prepared by Masters that is titled 'The case for an Australian Certificate of Education'. It argues that a national debate is needed urgently on the many issues that have arisen in ...
  • Person misfit in attitude surveys : influences, impacts and implications. 

    Curtis, David D (Shannon Research Press, 2004-07)
    This study of person fit in attitude surveys was undertaken in order to investigate the influence of the inclusion of misfitting persons on item parameter estimates in analyses using the Partial Credit extension of the ...
  • Computer adventure games as problem-solving environments 

    Curtis, David D; Lawson, Mike Joseph (Shannon Research Press, 2002-11)
    Claims that computer-based adventure games are productive environments for the development of general problem-solving ability were tested in a study of 40 students' interactions with a novel computer-based adventure game. ...
  • Misfits : people and their problems. What might it all mean? 

    Curtis, David D (Shannon Research Press, 2001-11)
    In the analysis of data, which arise from the administration of multiple choice tests or survey instruments and which are assumed to conform to a measurement model such as Rasch, it is normal practice to check item fit ...
  • The Course Experience Questionnaire as an Institutional Performance Indicator 

    Curtis, David D; Keeves, John Philip (Shannon Research Press, 2000-07)
    Data from the 1996 Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) were analysed using the Rasch measurement model. This analysis indicates that 17 of the 25 CEQ items fit a unitary scale that measures course quality as perceived ...