Key Concepts in Measurement

Paperback | April 17, 2015

byBrian E. Perron, David F. Gillespie

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Measurement refers generally to the process of assigning a numeric value to, or ordering characteristics or traits of, entities under study. Measurement is necessary for building and testing theory, specifying problems, and defining goals. It is arguably one of the most important and diffculttasks in social work research. Social work researchers who are not expert in developing, selecting, and using measures will not be able to contribute maximally to the social work knowledge base. Such knowledge and skills related to measurement ultimately determines the extent to which social workresearch can effectively inform social policy and social work interventions.This book is to serve as a guide for developing, selecting, and using measures in social work research. In particular, this book provides a detailed review of contemporary validity theory; an update on the major issues of reliability; common errors in measurement of latent variables; and suggestionson measurement of social networks and collectives.An important theme of this book is the focus on the creative potential of measurement - that is, helping social work researchers think about the wide variety of ways that social work concepts can be measured. Reflecting on these differences raises questions about underlying assumptions that in turninspires creative theoretical insights. Rather than seeing measurement as simply a task to be completed in the research process, we will encourage the reader to think creatively about measurement and theory.This book also addresses the interdependency of measurement and theory construction. In other words, this book covers how measurement and theory are connected in two different ways. First, every measure has its own working theory that relates the measure to the concept being measured. Second, theoryconstruction is dependent on measurement. What we learn using a given measure could be different if a concept was measured in a different way.

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Measurement refers generally to the process of assigning a numeric value to, or ordering characteristics or traits of, entities under study. Measurement is necessary for building and testing theory, specifying problems, and defining goals. It is arguably one of the most important and diffculttasks in social work research. Social work r...

Brian Perron, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. His primary area of research focuses on substance abuse and mental disorders. David Gillespie, Ph.D., is a Professor of Social Work at Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:April 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Foundations and Key Concepts3. Validity4. Reliability and Measurement Error5. Latent Variables6. Writing and Reviewing Measurement StudiesGlossaryReferencesIndex