Testing and Measurement A User-Friendly Guide

ISBN-10: 1412910021
ISBN-13: 9781412910026
Edition: 2006
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Description: This step-by-step approach, allows students to master testing and measurement concepts through practical exercises and feedback. Using humor, cartoons and real-world examples, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius and Mary E. Stafford guide the reader through  More...

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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

This step-by-step approach, allows students to master testing and measurement concepts through practical exercises and feedback. Using humor, cartoons and real-world examples, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius and Mary E. Stafford guide the reader through the essential components of measurement, starting with measurement scales and ending with reliability and validity. The authors show that everyone can learn testing and measurement concepts, and they make the learning process fun and non-threatening. For those who want to challenge themselves beyond the self-instructional exercises included throughout each chapter, data sets are provided as an aid to further learning.nbsp; The book is invaluable for all introductory courses in measurement and testing at undergraduate and lower-level graduate level in the social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Mary E. Stafford is a faculty member and internship coordinator in the School Psychology Program at University of Houston Clear Lake, where she is an Associate Professor. Dr. Stafford is editor of the International School Psychology Association's (ISPA) newsletter, the World*Go*Round. She teaches courses in personality assessment, child psychopathology, counseling children, and biological basis of behavior. Her research interests focus on at-risk children (especially, on influences on resilience among youth, on the effects of mobility among school-age children, and on socioeconomic, cultural, and language issues related to children's achievement and adjustment in schools), on practice issues in schools internationally, and on ethics.Dr. Stafford has a Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology, with concentration in School Psychology, from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to UHCL in 2005, she was the Training Director in the School Psychology Program in the Division of Psychology in Education at Arizona State University. In her early career, she worked with children in public school and residential treatment center for emotionally handicapped settings as teacher, counselor, diagnostician, and school principal.

List of Figures
List of Tables
A Note to Students
Acknowledgments
What Is a Number? Is a Rose Always a Rose?
Numbers and Scales
Some Final Thoughts About Scales of Measurement
Numbers and Response Formats
Some Final Thoughts About Response Formats
Numbers and Test Scores--How Do They Relate?
Some Final Thoughts About Measurement Scales and Response Formats
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
Frequencies: One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four
Ungrouped Frequency Distributions
Grouped Frequency Distributions
Cumulative Frequency Distribution
Some Final Thoughts About Frequency Distributions
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
The Distribution of Test Scores--The Perfect Body?
Kurtosis
Skewness
Some Final Thoughts About Distribution of Test Scores
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
Central Tendencies and Dispersion--Coming Together or Growing Apart
Central Tendencies--The Inner Core of the Normal Curve
The Mode
The Median
Medians and Modes for Grouped Frequency Data
The Mean
Some Final Points About Central Tendency
Dispersion--Not All Bodies Are the Same
Range
Deviation Scores
Variance
Standard Deviation
Means and Standard Deviations in the Real World
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Your New Best Friend--SPSS
Words of Encouragement
Standardized Scores--Do You Measure Up?
Percentiles--What They Mean in Measurement
Percentile Ranks for Grouped Data
Some Final Thoughts About Percentile Ranks
Z Scores
Why Transform a Raw Score to a Z Score?
Other Standard Scores
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Your New Best Friend-SPSS
Words of Encouragement
Norms and Criterion Scores--Keeping Up With the Joneses or Not
Criterion-Referenced Tests--Do You Know as Much as You Should?
Norm-Referenced Tests--Dying to Fit In
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
Error Scores--The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth?
Test Theory
Test-Theory Assumptions
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
Building a Strong Test--One the Big Bad Wolf Can't Blow Down
Item Difficulty
Some Final Thoughts About Item Difficulty
Item Discrimination
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
Reliability--The Same Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
The Mathematical Foundation of Reliability
Types of Reliability Estimates
Standard Error of Measurement
Correlation Coefficients as Measures of Reliability
Some Final Thoughts About Reliability
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
Validity--What You See Is Not Always What You Get
Helping You Get What You See
Sources of Validity Evidence
The Marriage of Reliability and Validity--Wedded Bliss
Interpreting the Validity of Tests--Intended and Unintended Consequences
Some Final Thoughts About Validity
Key Terms
Models and Self-instructional Exercises
Words of Encouragement
The Perils and Pitfalls of Testing--Being Ethical
Your Own Competence
Rights of Those Being Tested
Potential Dangers
Ryan's Rights
Appendix
References
Index
About the Authors

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