Francis Galton, measurement, psychometrics and social progress

Harvey Goldstein

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This paper looks at Galton’s work from the perspective of its influence on subsequent developments in assessment and especially psychometric latent variable models. It describes how Galton’s views on scientific validity and assumptions about data analysis came to be incorporated into later perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
JournalAssessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2012


  • Galton
  • educational measurement
  • factor analysis
  • psychometrics

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