Baylor Associate Professor Grant Morgan, PhD, said he’s hooked on studying the science of measuring cognitive and psychological phenomena — also known as psychometrics. Morgan recently co-authored “Survey Scales: A Guide to Development, Analysis, and Reporting,” a book that explores the science of creating measurement scales. Not surprisingly, his scholarly research focuses on measuring educational data. Morgan teaches courses such as latent variable modeling, item response theory and other advanced quantitative method courses in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology.
Morgan’s book emphasizes the importance of creating high quality survey scales, because the value of data collected from any survey depends in part on the quality of the survey itself, he said. Twice a recipient of the Bruce Thompson Outstanding Paper Award from the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA), Morgan examines methods by which educational data are analyzed and whether those methods provide trustworthy information. Continue Reading →