Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement (3rd Revised edition)

Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement (3rd Revised edition)

By: Neil J. Salkind (author)Paperback

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Using his signature, conversational writing style and straightforward presentation, Neil J. Salkind's best-selling Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement guides readers through an overview of categories of tests, the design of tests, the use of tests, and some of the basic social, political, and legal issues that the process of testing involves. The Third Edition includes a new chapter on item response theory, new sections on neuropsychological testing, new cartoons, and additional end-of-chapter exercises. Free online resources accompany the text to make teaching easier and provide students with the practice tools they need to master the material.

About Author

Neil J. Salkind received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development, and taught for 35 years at the University of Kansas in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education. His early interests were in the area of children's cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina's Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction and the focus was on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations; and wrote more than 100 trade and textbooks; and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (Sage), Theories of Human Development (Sage), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years.

Contents

A Note to the Student: Why I Wrote This Book Acknowledgments About the Author PART I In the Beginning . . . 1. Why Me-asurement? An Introduction A Five-Minute History of Testing So, Why Tests And Measurement? Some Important Reminders How Tests Are Created What Am I Doing in a Tests and Measurement Class? Ten Ways to Use This Book (And Learn About Tests and Measurement at the Same Time!) Glossary Summary Time to Practice PART II The Psychology of Psychometrics 2. One Potato, Two Potatoes . . . Levels of Measurement and Their Importance First Things First The Four Horsemen (or Levels) of Measurement A Summary: How Levels of Measurement Differ Okay, so What's the Lesson Here? The Final Word(s) Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 3. Getting It Right Every Time: Reliability and Its Importance Test Scores: Truth or Dare Getting Conceptual If You Know About rXY, Skip This Section . . . Different Flavors of Reliability How Big Is Big? Interpreting Reliability Coefficients Things to Remember And if You Can't Establish Reliability . . . Then What? Just One More Thing (And It's a Big One) Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 4. The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Validity and Its Importance A Bit More About the Truth Different Types of Validity A Last Friendly Word Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 5. Welcome to Lake Wobegon, Where All the Children Are Above Average: Norms and Percentiles The Basics: Raw (Scores) to the Bone! Percentiles or Percentile Ranks Stanines (or Stanine Scores) The Standard (Fare) Scores Standing on Your Own: Criterion-Referenced Tests The Standard Error of Measurement Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 6. Item Response Theory-A "New" Kid on the Block The Beginnings of Item Response Theory This Is No Regular Curve: The Item Characteristic Curve Test Items We Like-and Test Items We Don't Understanding the Curve Analyzing Test Data Using IRTPRO Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? PART III The Tao and How of Testing 7. Short-Answer and Completion Items: Baskin Robbins (R) Has Flavors When We Use 'Em and What They Look Like How to Write 'Em: The Guidelines The Good and the Bad Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 8. Essay Items: Hope You Can Write When We Use 'Em and What They Look Like How to Write Essay Items: The Guidelines The Good and the Bad How to Score Essay Items Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 9. Multiple-Choice Items: Always Pick Answer C and You'll Be Right About 25% of the Time When We Use 'Em and What They Look Like How to Write Multiple-Choice Items: The Guidelines The Good and the Bad Why Multiple-Choice Items Are Not So Good Analyzing Multiple-Choice Items Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 10. Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Matching Items When We Use 'Em and What They Look Like How to Write 'Em: The Guidelines The Good and the Bad Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 11. True-False Tests: T or F? I Passed My First Measurement Test What We Use 'Em for and What They Look Like How to Write 'Em: The Guidelines The Good and the Bad Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 12. Portfolios: Seeing the Big Picture What Portfolios Are and How They Work Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 13. So, Tell Me About Your Childhood: Interesting Interviews When We Use 'Em and What They Look Like How to Do 'Em: The Guidelines The Good and the Bad Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? PART IV What to Test and How to Test It 14. Achievement Tests: Who Really Discovered America? What Achievement Tests Do How Achievement Tests Differ From One Another How to Do It: The ABCs of Creating a Standardized Test The Amazing Table of Specifications What They Are: A Sampling of Achievement Tests and What They Do Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 15. Personality and Neuropsychological Testing: Type A, B, or Me? What Personality Tests Are and How They Work Developing Personality Tests What They Are: A Sampling of Personality Tests and What They Do What Neuropsychological Tests Are and How They Are Used Not Just One: The Focus of Neuropsychological Testing Forensic Assessment: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 16. Aptitude Tests: What's in Store for Me? What Aptitude Tests Do How to Do It: The ABCs of Creating an Aptitude Test Types of Aptitude Tests Some of the Big Ones Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 17. Intelligence Tests: That Rubik's Cube Is Driving Me Nuts The ABCs of Intelligence From the Beginning: (Almost) All About the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale And the Fab Five Are . . . Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 18. Career Choices: So You Want to Be a What? What Career Development Tests Do Let's Get Started: The Strong Interest Inventory John Holland and The Self-Directed Search Some Major Caveats: Career Counseling 101 Five Career Tests Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? PART V It's Not Always as You Think: Issues in Tests and Measurement 19. Test Bias: Fair for Everyone? The $64,000 Question: What Is Test Bias? Moving Toward Fair Tests: The Fairtest Movement Models of Test Bias Where It All Started: Test Score Differences Between Black and White American Children Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? 20. The Law, Testing, and Ethics: No Child (Should Be) Left Behind and Other Very Interesting Stuff No Child Left Behind: What It Is and How It Works The Education for All Handicapped Children Act and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act: What They Are and How They Work The Truth in Testing Law: High-Stakes Testing Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: What It Is and How It Works Ethics and Assessment: 10 Things To Remember And More Stuff to Be Concerned About (No, Really) Summary Time to Practice Want to Know More? APPENDICES Appendix A: Your Tests and Measurement Toolkit Appendix B: The Guide to (Almost) Every Test in the Universe Appendix C: Answer to Practice Questions Appendix D: A (Very Brief) Review of the Official Standards for Psychological and Educational Testing Glossary References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781506368382
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9781506368382
  • weight: 790
  • ISBN10: 1506368387
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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