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dc.contributor.authorWijsen, Lisa D.
dc.contributor.authorBorsboom, Denny
dc.contributor.authorAlexandrova, Anna
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-09T11:03:29Z
dc.date.available2022-05-09T11:03:29Z
dc.date.issued2021-11-30
dc.identifier.issn1745-6916
dc.identifier.other10.1177_17456916211014183
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/336885
dc.description.abstractWhen it originated in the late 19th century, psychometrics was a field with both a scientific and a social mission: Psychometrics provided new methods for research into individual differences and at the same time considered these methods a means of creating a new social order. In contrast, contemporary psychometrics—because of its highly technical nature and its limited involvement in substantive psychological research—has created the impression of being a value-free discipline. In this article, we develop a contrasting characterization of contemporary psychometrics as a value-laden discipline. We expose four such values: that individual differences are quantitative (rather than qualitative), that measurement should be objective in a specific sense, that test items should be fair, and that the utility of a model is more important than its truth. Our goal is not to criticize psychometrics for supporting these values but rather to bring them into the open and to show that they are not inevitable and are in need of systematic evaluation.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.subjectvalues
dc.subjectpsychometrics
dc.subjectvalue-free ideal
dc.subjectobjectivity
dc.subjectquantification
dc.subjectvalidity
dc.subjectfair test
dc.subjectutility
dc.titleValues in Psychometrics
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2022-05-09T11:03:28Z
prism.endingPage804
prism.issueIdentifier3
prism.publicationNamePerspectives on Psychological Science
prism.startingPage788
prism.volume17
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.84304
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1177/17456916211014183
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2021-11-30
dc.contributor.orcidWijsen, Lisa D. [0000-0001-5296-7596]
dc.contributor.orcidBorsboom, Denny [0000-0001-9720-4162]
dc.identifier.eissn1745-6924
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2021-11-30
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2021-11-30


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