Measurement Assignments for Psy 527/627 at Missouri State University (2007-2016)

The goals and outcomes of this assignment are:

Each semester the instructor with help from current students will select a different measurement issue.

The issue for the current semester is:

The steps for this assignment are as follows:

  1. Collect information about this topic using whatever resources you have available, including the web, books, journals, other individuals, etc.
  2. In the discussion board set up in Blackboard for this purpose, share your information and discuss the measurement issues with the other students in the class.
  3. Write a three to four page paper using both your information and the class discussion. The paper should present a critical analysis of the measurement topic. Possible issues include a definition of the topic, a discussion of the accuracy of the data, an analysis of possible political agendas of sources, and a general discussion of measurement issues surrounding the topic.
  4. Upload the critical analysis document into your Gradebook.
  5. Both the paper and the quality of your contribution to the class discussion will be assessed with a rubric.

A good starting point is a book by Joel Best (2004), More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues, Berkeley: University of California Press.

Text - Introductory Statistics: Concepts, Models and Applications - "Measurement"