Academic journal article Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling

In Memoriam Hartmann H. Scheiblechner

Academic journal article Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling

In Memoriam Hartmann H. Scheiblechner

Article excerpt

Already on 24th of December 2010 the Austrian - though he was employed for more than 30 years in Germany - psychometrician, Professor Hartmann Scheiblechner, PhD, has died after suffering for a long time from a serious illness. Born on 16th of August 1939, he barely reached an age over 70 years old. Though he was not as present in scientific community in number of congress presentations and publications in top journals as others, he definitely was a distinguished scientist in psychomet-rics (Item-Response-Theory, IRT) and in measurement theory. Bear in mind, that he most notably published five(!) papers in the world-wide most famous journal of psychometrics, Psychometrika.

Starting his study of Psychology in Vienna in 1959, he gained his PhD. in 1968. In the years from 1964 to 1968 he held a scholarship and was employed as a research assistant, respectively, at the well-known Institute of Advanced Studies (founded by Paul F. Lazarsfeld and Oskar Morgen-stern) in Vienna, and from 1968 to 1972 assistant professor at the Department of Psy-chology, University of Vienna (head: Gerhard. H. Fischer). There he was a member of the first generation acquainted with the Rasch model. Georg Rasch's concept of specific objective comparisons was the basis of all of Hartmann H. Scheiblechner's research activities. Still in Vienna, he developed social interaction models for the measurement of personnel preferences (cf., in particular, Scheiblechner, 1971), which actually offers a) specific objective comparisons of subjects' criterion-specific attractiveness, b) of sub-jects' criterion-specific activity/passivity of applying preferences, and c) of their interac-tions-specific but criterion-unspecific sympathy. It is too bad, that these models are ra-ther forgotten and hardly applied during the last decades (but see Kubinger, 2012).

From 1972 until the time he retired in 2004, Hartmann H. Scheiblechner was a full pro-fessor of psychology (methods in psychology) at the Philipps-University of Mar-burg/Lahn (Germany). Again, a very important contribution to IRT, his latency model for measuring response times - developed at the beginning of Scheiblechner's time in Marburg (Scheiblechner, 1979) -, was hardly noticed though it offers specific objective comparisons as well. His main interest then focussed on a non-parametric Item-Response-Theory, which led to several models and the already mentioned Psychometrika papers, respectively. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.