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New research projects at the Computational Social Science Department

Among the recipients of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Research & Development Call 2023, two projects were awarded to researchers from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN):

  • Approximate Areas of Interest for Enhanced Understanding of Student Motivation and Task Interaction in IEA Assessments (PI: Artur Pokropek).
  • Using Large Language Models for Automatic Item Generation: Development and Validation for TIMSS Fourth Grade (PI: Marek Muszyński).

The first project aims to utilize computer-generated paradata, such as response times and mouse movement trajectories, to develop methodologies for assessing test-taking motivation and identifying inattentive responses. The second grant explores the potential of employing large language models, such as GPT-4, for the automatic generation of test items. Both projects are scheduled to continue until the end of 2024 and each has been allocated a budget of approximately €50,000. The projects will involve both departmental members and external experts.

IEA, an international research organization headquartered in Amsterdam and Hamburg, is renowned for overseeing studies such as TIMSS & PIRLS, ICCS, and ICILS. Further details about these grants can be found on the IEA website.