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A Solution to the Measurement Problem in the Idiographic Approach Using Computer Adaptive Practicing

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Department of Psychological Methods, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX, UK
Current address: Nieuwe Achtergracht 129-B, 1018 WS Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 27 February 2018 / Published: 2 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognitive Development and Individual Variability)
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Abstract

Molenaar’s manifesto on psychology as idiographic science (Molenaar, 2004) brought the N = 1 times series perspective firmly to the attention of developmental scientists. The rich intraindividual variation in complex developmental processes requires the study of these processes at the level of the individual. Yet, the idiographic approach is all but easy in practical research. One major limitation is the collection of short interval times series of high quality data on developmental processes. In this paper, we present a novel measurement approach to this problem. We developed an online practice and monitoring system which is now used by thousands of Dutch primary school children on a daily or weekly basis, providing a new window on cognitive development. We will introduce the origin of this new instrument, called Math Garden, explain its setup, and present and discuss ways to analyze children’s individual developmental pathways. View Full-Text
Keywords: idiographic approach; computerized adaptive practicing; intraindividual variation; cognitive development; mathematics idiographic approach; computerized adaptive practicing; intraindividual variation; cognitive development; mathematics
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Hofman, A.D.; Jansen, B.R.J.; de Mooij, S.M.M.; Stevenson, C.E.; van der Maas, H.L.J. A Solution to the Measurement Problem in the Idiographic Approach Using Computer Adaptive Practicing. J. Intell. 2018, 6, 14.

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