ERIC Number: EJ1105116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Psychometrics and Its Discontents: An Historical Perspective on the Discourse of the Measurement Tradition
Schoenherr, Jordan Richard; Hamstra, Stanley J.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v21 n3 p719-729 Aug 2016
Psychometrics has recently undergone extensive criticism within the medical education literature. The use of quantitative measurement using psychometric instruments such as response scales is thought to emphasize a narrow range of relevant learner skills and competencies. Recent reviews and commentaries suggest that a paradigm shift might be presently underway. We argue for caution, in that the psychometrics approach and the quantitative account of competencies that it reflects is based on a rich discussion regarding measurement and scaling that led to the establishment of this paradigm. Rather than reflecting a homogeneous discipline focused on core competencies devoid of consideration of context, the psychometric community has a history of discourse and debate within the field, with an acknowledgement that the techniques and instruments developed within psychometrics are heuristics that must be used pragmatically.
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Measurement, Educational History, Educational Development, Medical Education, Statistical Analysis, Evaluation Problems, Minimum Competency Testing, Heuristics, Evaluation Research, Research Methodology, Educational Practices, Change Strategies, Debate
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