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Jaak Billiet

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Chapter 14: What Does Measurement Mean in a Survey Context?

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What Does Measurement Mean in a Survey Context?
What does measurement mean in a survey context?
Jaak Billiet
INTRODUCTION

I still remember very well my first contact with the term ‘measurement’ in the context of surveying opinions, beliefs, values, and attitudes. This was in one of the earliest lectures in ‘Methods of sociological research’ in the first bachelors’ year in 1967. Because of my previous training in theology and philosophy I could not imagine how it was possible to measure subjective states, or not observable phenomena. I did not realize at the time that measuring theoretical concepts, and assessing the validity of these, would fill a big part of my life. The idea of measurement in (social) science becomes reasonable if it is defined as rules for ...

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