Lee Branum-Martin, Ph.D. is interested in issues in psychological and educational measurement, especially those applied to language and literacy. He pursues this interest in three main ways in his research.
First, he is interested in empirically testing theory. If the ideas about psychology, the brain and education have validity, there should be a way to find measurable evidence of those theories. Such tests are most informative when the evidence can be weighed of competing theories against each other to see which theories best describe what is observed.
Second, most phenomena in education and psychology occur over time and within a social context. For example, we may observe multiple tests per child, or multiple children per classroom. Branum-Martin is interested in multilevel statistical models to disentangle social and contextual effects from the typical level of observation. Often, this can entail different types of measurement and theory at each level, such as those for individual learning versus those for instructional or social groups.
Third, Branum-Martin is interested in language and literacy. He has been investigating sign language, dyslexia in children and adults, African American dialect, as well as patterns in bilingualism and second-language learning. Performance in these multiple modalities of language can be suggestive for improving instruction and student learning.
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Lab for Measurement Issues in Language and Literacy (L-MILL)
L-MILL is involved in several research projects involving learning, education, and intervention. We apply statistical models in an attempt to improve our understanding of psychological theory, test quality, learning over time, and the effects of social contexts. Please visit our page for more about our projects.