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ERIC Number: EJ812279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1536-6367
Treating the Pathology of Psychometrics: An Example from the Comprehension of Continuous Prose Text
Kyngdon, Andrew
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, v6 n1-2 p108-113 Jan 2008
Few would argue that psychology has been as successful as the natural sciences in constructing measurement systems, yet this has not tempered the near universal claim of psychological measurement. As Haig and Denny Borsboom note, the sustained nature of conceptual attacks from a small group of quantitative psychologists suggests a deep-seated disillusion with mainstream psychometry. The paucity of substantive theory is at the core of the criticisms made by Joel Michell and Borsboom in this special issue. Without such theory, Michell argues that genuinely quantitative theories of psychological systems are unlikely to be developed, whereas Borsboom argues that the causal relations between psychological attributes and data cannot be ascertained. A brief sketch of a theory of continuous prose text comprehension is presented, and it appears to address the problems of quantity, substantive theory, and causality raised by Michell and Borsboom; thus it may be an example of how the pathology of psychometrics might begin to be treated. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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