Measurement in psychology


Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education, Switchback Road, Churchill, Victoria, Australia 3842.


Two major traditions regarding the theory and practice of measurement in psychology can be identified: the classical approach associated with the work of S. S. Stevens, and the more recently developed axiomatic approach. These two approaches are compared and related to the historical development of the logical analysis of measurement.

Some practical consequences of the choice of a measurement theory paradigm are discussed, and the appropriateness of the two major approaches to guide the theory and practice of psychological measurement are evaluated.