ERIC Number: EJ819212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: 3
Where's the Psychology? A Commentary on "Unique Characteristics of Diagnostic Classification Models: A Comprehensive Review of the Current State-of-the-Art"
Leighton, Jacqueline P.
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, v6 n4 p272-275 Oct 2008
In this commentary, the author asks the analogous question, "where's the psychology?" Not because the authors of the focus article "Unique Characteristics of Diagnostic Classification Models: A Comprehensive Review of the Current State-of-the-Art" have not provided a solid review of the technical aspects of Diagnostic Classification Models (DCM), but because a discussion of a fundamental aspect of DCM seems to be missing--the role of psychology. The author concludes that the review of DCM lacks specification on the role of cognitive psychological theory in the application of these models to provide unique information to complex problems. To be sure, it may not be possible at this early stage in DCM development to articulate specific cognitive theories, but one must be careful not to be dampened by it and to exclude discussions on the role of theory generally, its empirical support, where it fits in the application of DCM, and how it provides the informational substance to stakeholders.
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Classification, Psychology, Children, Models, Cognitive Psychology, Measurement, Data Collection, Foreign Countries, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada