Dynamic Testing: The Nature and Measurement of Learning Potential

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The goal of this book is to present and evaluate the concept of dynamic testing. Unlike "static" tests such as the SAT or IQ tests, it emphasizes learning potential rather than past learning accomplishments. This book is unique in its wide-ranging review of virtually all approaches to dynamic testing. It also suggests alternatives to the typical kinds of tests given in the United States—tests that often seem to stifle rather than encourage the development of human potential.

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"...a valuable book for school psychologists interested in understanding more about dynamic testing of abilities and the progress in the area in the last two decades. It is a thorough, readable, and thoughtful summary of the area." School Psychology Quarterly

"...written by two of the world's leading authorities on he assessment of human abilities and intelligence...extremely important." APA Review of Books

"Strongly grounded in theory, this book affords an in-depth look at the foundation, current research, and application of dynamic testing. Cognitive psychologists, educators interested in measurement and evaluation issues, and individuals involved in special education will find this a comprehensive and useful volume. Highly recommended." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521771283
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Theoretical Framework 1
1 Abilities as Forms of Developing Expertise 3
Pt. 2 The Nature of Dynamic Testing 19
2 An Introduction to Dynamic Testing 21
3 A Capsule History of Dynamic Testing 34
Pt. 3 Leading Modern Approaches to Dynamic Testing 47
4 The Approach of Feuerstein 49
3 The Approach of Budoff 73
6 Diverse Approaches to Dynamic Testing 84
Pt. 4 Evaluating Dynamic Testing 115
7 A Three-Pronged Approach to Dynamic Testing 117
Pt. 5 Two Case Studies Using Dynamic Testing 125
8 Using Dynamic Testing to Reveal Hidden Potential 127
9 Combining Instruction with Assessment Measuring Foreign-Language Learning Ability 137
Pt. 6 Measuring Change 161
10 Measurement Aspects of Dynamic Testing: Quantifying Change 163
Epilogue 180
References 183
Index 211
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