Samuel Messick

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Samuel Messick
BornApril 3, 1931
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedOctober 6, 1998
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
ResidencePennington, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania
Princeton University
OccupationPsychologist

Samuel J. Messick III (April 3, 1931 – October 6, 1998) was an American psychologist who worked for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Early life[edit]

Messick was born on April 3, 1931 in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree, and he earned a PhD from Princeton University.[1]

Career[edit]

Messick worked as a psychologist for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).[1] He examined construct validity. Messick influenced language testing in 2 main ways: in proposing a new understanding of how inferences made based on tests must be challenged, and in drawing attention to the consequences of test use.

Death and legacy[edit]

Messick resided in Pennington, New Jersey.[1] He died on October 6, 1998 in Philadelphia, at 67.[1]

Division 5 of the American Psychological Association named the annual Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award in his honor. One of his collaborators, Douglas N. Jackson, won the award in 2004.

Works[edit]

  • (ed. with Harold Gulliksen) Psychological scaling: theory and applications; report of a conference. New York: Wiley, 1960.
  • (ed. with John Ross) Measurement in personality and cognition. New York: Wiley, 1962.
  • (ed. with Silvan Tomkins) Computer simulation of personality: frontier of psychological theory, New York: Wiley, 1963.
  • (ed. with Arthur H. Brayfield) Decision and choice; contributions of Sidney Siegel. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.
  • (ed. with Douglas N. Jackson) Problems in human assessment. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.
  • (ed.) Individuality in learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1976.

Further reading[edit]

  • McNamara, Tim. "Validity in language testing: The challenge of Sam Messick's legacy". Language Assessment Quarterly: An International Journal. 2006, Vol. 3, No. 1, Pages 31–51
  • Weideman, Albert. 2012. "Validation and validity beyond Messick". Per Linguam, Vol. 3, No. 2, Pages 1–14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Educational testing leader Samuel Messick dies of heart failure". Standard-Speaker. Hazleton, Pennsylvania. October 20, 1998. p. 2. Retrieved November 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.