S3E12: The History of Measurement: A Conversation with Derek Briggs


Patrick and Greg have an in-depth conversation with Derek Briggs, from the University of Colorado, about his new book exploring the fascinating and at times uncomfortable history of measurement and the people who helped develop methods we still use today. Along the way they also mention: outsourcing parenting, where do babies come from, hearing colors, teacher strikes, blowing things up, Morgan Freeman, penguins, driving students nuts, horrible people, quantitative imperatives, and cutting bait.

Additional Show Notes

Briggs, D.C. (2022). Historical and conceptual foundations of measurement in the human sciences: Credos and Controversies. Routledge: NY, NY.

Michell, J. (1986). Measurement scales and statistics: A clash of paradigms. Psychological Bulletin, 100, 398–407.

Michell, J. (1990). An Introduction to the Logic of Psychological Measurement. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Michell, J. (1997). Quantitative science and the definition of measurement in psychology. British Journal of Psychology, 88, 355–383.

Stevens, S. S. (1946). On the theory of scales of measurement. Science, 103, 677–680. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.103.2684.677

Torres Irribarra, D. (2021). A pragmatic perspective of measurement. Springer: Cham, Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74025-2


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