Book Review

Book Review psychometrika—vol. 83, no. 1, 272–274 March 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11336-017-9589-2 SLANEY, K. (2017). Validating Psychological Constructs: Historical, philosophical, and practi- cal dimensions. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 308 pp. US$99.99 (US$79.99 eBook). ISBN: 978-1-137-38522-2. Despite its main title, Validating Psychological Constructs is not a technical document outlining the relevant methods and procedures for validating psychological theories, tools, and research. Instead, Kathleen Slaney (Simon Fraser University) aims to untangle and neatly arrange the sundry developments and discussions around construct validity theory (CVT). The book is divided into historical, philosophical, and pragmatic sections for pedagogical purposes. Although Slaney intended her work for students and researchers alike, it might be best suited for any graduate student or seasoned research yearning to strengthen their understanding of validity theory. This book is an admirable attempt at organizing the literature on CVT while framing it in novel connections to philosophy of science and complementing it with reviews of actual validation practices in the field today. The historical section provides a comprehensive review of the major players and publica- tions involved in the origins, conception, reception, and legacy of CVT. Appropriate attention is given to Cronbach and Meehl’s (1955) seminal paper—along with even earlier work, such as MacCorquodale and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychometrika Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by The Psychometric Society
Subject
Psychology; Psychometrics; Assessment, Testing and Evaluation; Statistics for Social Science, Behavorial Science, Education, Public Policy, and Law; Statistical Theory and Methods
ISSN
0033-3123
eISSN
1860-0980
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11336-017-9589-2
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psychometrika—vol. 83, no. 1, 272–274 March 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11336-017-9589-2 SLANEY, K. (2017). Validating Psychological Constructs: Historical, philosophical, and practi- cal dimensions. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 308 pp. US$99.99 (US$79.99 eBook). ISBN: 978-1-137-38522-2. Despite its main title, Validating Psychological Constructs is not a technical document outlining the relevant methods and procedures for validating psychological theories, tools, and research. Instead, Kathleen Slaney (Simon Fraser University) aims to untangle and neatly arrange the sundry developments and discussions around construct validity theory (CVT). The book is divided into historical, philosophical, and pragmatic sections for pedagogical purposes. Although Slaney intended her work for students and researchers alike, it might be best suited for any graduate student or seasoned research yearning to strengthen their understanding of validity theory. This book is an admirable attempt at organizing the literature on CVT while framing it in novel connections to philosophy of science and complementing it with reviews of actual validation practices in the field today. The historical section provides a comprehensive review of the major players and publica- tions involved in the origins, conception, reception, and legacy of CVT. Appropriate attention is given to Cronbach and Meehl’s (1955) seminal paper—along with even earlier work, such as MacCorquodale and

Journal

PsychometrikaSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 16, 2017

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