Tests and Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests and Measurement

ISBN-10: 1412913640
ISBN-13: 9781412913645
Edition: 2006
List price: $78.00
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Description: Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences who are taking their first courses in tests and measurement. Neil J. Salkind guides  More...

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Book details

List price: $78.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences who are taking their first courses in tests and measurement. Neil J. Salkind guides readers through the fundamentals of tests and measurement, using the conversational writing style and straightforward presentation that have made his book Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics a bestseller. This book introduces readers to more advanced issues and explains why those topics are important. "What is amazing about this text is how it takes some very difficult material (particularly around reliability and validity, z-scores, etc.) and makes it easily understandable by an undergraduate student. Just as in his statistics book, Salkind has a genius for conveying difficult material in everyday language that engages the reader. This is the perfect text for any research methods instructor who has struggled with making testing and measurement concepts both understandable and FUN." - John Q. Hodges, University of Missouri, Columbia "The distinguishing factor with this book is the illustrative material. The "Tech Talk" boxes are helpful for students to quickly get the grasp of a concept and find it to review later. The new vocabulary in tests and measurements is often an obstacle, and these boxes help tremendously. If there is a tests and measurements book that can enlighten and entertain, this book is the one." - Joseph Matthews, Brigham Young University "The author does a wonderful job conveying concepts clearly and with panache. Undergraduate audiences will be able to followbut not be bored. The book has a strong, consistent voice and I really enjoyed this and felt well cared for as a reader. The discussion on reliability and validity, for example, is better integrated and therefore more useful than any methods text I have read. It's true. I hate tests but I liked this book." - Christopher P. Bettinger, San Francisco State University "Salkind's book may not make test-taking painless, but it certainly makes learning about tests and measurements less painful. The book is a simple, informative, and easy-to-read introduction to all the basics of what seemed previously to be a difficult subject." - Denise von Herrmann, The University of Southern Mississippi

Neil J. Salkind received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development. After teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and research in education, where he continues to collaborate with colleagues and work with students. 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 to focus on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He has delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations, written 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 has 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 and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he likes to read, swim with the River City Sharks, letterpress print using 1820s technology, bake brownies (see the Excel version of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics for the recipe at http://www.statisticsforpeople.com), and poke around old Volvos and old houses.

A Note to the Student: Why I Wrote This Book
Acknowledgments
In the Beginning . . .
Why Me-asurement? An Introduction
The Psychology of Psychometrics
One Potato, Two Potatoes ...Levels of Measurement and Their Importance
Getting It Right Every Time: Reliability and Its Importance
The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth: Validity and Its Importance
Welcome to Lake Woebegone, Where All the Children Are Above Average: Norms and Percentiles
The Tao and How of Testing
Short Answer and Completion Items: Baskin Robbins� Has __ Flavors
Essay Items: Hope You Can Write
Multiple-Choice Items: Always Pick Answer C and You'll Be Right About 25% of the Time
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Matching Items
True-False Tests: T or F? I Passed My First Measurement Test
Portfolios: Seeing the Big Picture
So, Tell Me About Your Childhood: Interesting Interviews
What to Test and How to Test It
Achievement Tests: Who Really Discovered America?
Personality Tests: Type A, Type B, or Type C?
Aptitude Tests: What's in Store for Me?
Intelligence Tests: That Rubik's Cube Is Driving Me Nuts
Career Choices: So You Want to Be a What?
It's Not Always As You Think: Issues in Tests and Measurements
Test Bias: Fair for Everyone?
The Law, Testing, and Ethics: No Child (Should Be) Left Behind and Other Concerns
Appendixes
Your Tests and Measurement Toolkit
The Guide to (Almost) Every Test in the Universe
Glossary
References
Index
About the Author

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