Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

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Cronbach, Lee J. (1916–2001)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1857

Life Dates

Lee Joseph Cronbach was born in Fresno, California, on April 22, 1916. He received a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Thurstone’s work on the measurement of attitudes had a strong influence on him, and accordingly he studied psychology at the University of Chicago. In 1940, he received his PhD in educational psychology from the University of Chicago, where he met Ralph Tyler and became his research assistant on the Eight-Year Study – one of the most influential studies in education of that time. Cronbach’s lifelong interest in education likely had its origins in this collaboration. In 1940, Cronbach accepted an assistant professorship in psychology at Washington State University. Toward the end of World War II, he served as a military psychologist in San Diego and became increasingly engaged in instructional psychology. After the war, he returned to Chicago, then he moved to the University of Illinois in 1948, and finally to Stanford University...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany