The SAGE Handbook of Measurement

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Geoffrey Walford, Eric Tucker, Madhu Viswanathan
SAGE, Mar 23, 2010 - Social Science - 648 pages
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The Sage Handbook of Measurement is a unique methodological resource in which Walford, Viswanathan and Tucker draw together contributions from leading scholars in the social sciences, each of whom has played an important role in advancing the study of measurement over the past 25 years. Each of the contributors offers insights into particular measurement related challenges they have confronted and how they have addressed these.

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of measurement, so that the handbook as a whole covers the full spectrum of core issues related to design, method and analysis within measurement studies. The book emphasises issues such as indicator generation and modification, the nature and conceptual meaning of measurement error, and the day-to-day processes involved in developing and using measures.

The Handbook covers the full range of disciplines where measurement studies are common: policy studies; education studies; health studies; and business studies.

 

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Contents

1Reflections on Social Measurement
1
SECTION I Methods for Data Collection
7
2 How to Get Valid Answers from Survey Questions
9
Design Principles and Innovations of a Quintessential American Social Indicator
27
4 Measurement as Cooperative Communication
43
5 Developing Observation Instruments and Arriving at Interrater Reliability for a Range of Contexts and Raters
61
6 Studying Teacher Effectiveness
87
7 Identifying Consumers Compulsive Buying Tendencies
107
16 Towards a More Rigorous Scientific Approach to Social Measurement
313
17 Measuring Conceptualisations of Morality
337
Definition Measurement and Interpretation
353
19 Ethical Issues in Social Measurement
377
20 Measuring is More Than Assigning Numbers
389
21 Is Social Measurement Possible and Is It Necessary?
409
SECTION IV The Real World Practice of Measurement
427
22 Sensitive Issues and the Difficulty to Measure
429

SECTION II The Context of Measurement
127
8 Linguistic Factors in the Assessment of English Language Learners
129
9 Measurement Issues in Crosscultural Research
151
10 Conceptualizing and Measuring Culture
177
11International Comparisons of Educational Attainment
203
Time and the Grid
221
13 Approaches to Measuring Multidimension Constructs across the Life Course
239
14 Description and Discovery in Sociospatial Analysis
265
SECTION III Fundamental Issues in Measurement
283
15 Understanding the Intangibles of Measurement in the Social Sciences
285
23 Indirect Measurement
455
24 Increasing the Measurement Accuracy of Consumption Intentions
469
25 Making Applied Measurement Effective and Efficient
487
26 Contemporary Challenges of Longitudinal Measurement Using HRS Data
509
27 Measuring the Dimensions of Social Capital in Developing Countries
537
29 Assessing Performance of School Systems
587
Author Index
609
General Index
617
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Madhu Viswanathan is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business Administration within the College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He teaches a course on measurement and research methods to Ph.D.. students and marketing research to undergraduate and MBA students. He has been listed several times as an excellent instructor at the University of Illinois. His research has appeared in journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Marketing Research, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Computer, Speech, and Language. His research is in two areas: measurement and research methodology and low-literate buyer and seller behavior. His work on literacy has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, and the Illinois Center for International Business Education and Research. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Consumer Research, and Psychology and Marketing. He has served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Society for Consumer Psychology and as the Chair of the Consumer Behavior Special Interest Group of the American Marketing Association. He also chaired national conferences for the American Marketing Association and the Society for Consumer Psychology. He directs the Marketplace Literacy Project (www.marketplaceliteracy.org), a nonprofit organization which aims to disseminate knowledge about low-literate buyer and seller behavior. Its activities include the development and distribution of educational materials for adult education, nutrition, and other programs targeted at low-literate consumers in the US, and development and provision of business and consumer literacy training for low-literate, low-income adults in India and other similar contexts. He lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife and 10-year old son.

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