Validity theory in educational measurement

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: QRM1804

Course description

The course runs part-time and uses a blended learning format, combining a few campus days with the major part of the course online. For more information, please visit the course website: or to further explore QRM course offerings.   

The course initially focuses on how the validity concept is defined and what the central aspects are and how this has changed over time. The validity concept is problematized from various practical perspectives, where both the traditional view as well as the modern view are linked to practical application, namely in what situations different aspects of validity are particularly relevant. Participants will also be given the opportunity to reflect on how the views on validity and what the concept entails are affected by context and culture. Furthermore, the course will focus on issues regarding how the validity concept can be operationalized, by discussing different forms of frameworks with criteria for validation, as well as strategies of analysis for evaluating validity in different ways.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

For admission to the course, the applicant has to be registered as a doctoral student in the third cycle or have a doctoral degree. The applicant should also have documented prior knowledge corresponding to the learning goals in the QRM1800 course “Basic statistics for educational research, 7,5 credits”, or similar.


This is a third-cycle course within the school of Quantitative Research Methods in Education (QRM). Both doctoral students and university lecturers with a PhD are welcome to apply.

The number of participants is limited to 15. Priority will be given to doctoral students with an educational sciences focus, secondly supervisors for doctoral students with a focus on educational science research and thirdly doctoral students and researchers from other fields with an interest in quantitative designs and analyses. The course is open to Swedish and international participants.

Educational partnership

This is a third-cycle course and a basic course within the national school of Quantitative Research Methods in education (QRM) for researchers. More information about QRM is available at                           

Collaborating departments: 

Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg in collaboration with Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University.

Other information

In order to participate in the course, access to a computer / laptop is needed together with computer accessories for online communication (camera, headphones, mic) and the required statistical software (see list of literature).

Course syllabus


Reading and reference list

Reading and reference list for the course


Department of Education and Special Education

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