Introduction to Test Construction in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

This book offers beginning researchers in psychology and education with limited statistics backgrounds a practical, hands-on guide to the preparation, assessment, and development of quantitative research instruments. With the explicit goal in mind of making the text accessible to readers with only a beginning level of statistical expertise, the authors include numerous examples and figures to illustrate necessary concepts and procedures, while minimizing jargon. The book includes an appendix with directions for the required statistical analyses for readers with access to SPSS. The organization of the book into two sections, theoretical and practical, with complementary chapters in each section, results in a practical and versatile resource to have in a variety of contexts. Because of its versatility, the book may be used either as a textbook for courses on test construction and instrument design or quantitative research methods in psychology and education, as a reference for researchers using and constructing quantitative instruments, or as background reading for professionals in related fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742525207
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,259,079
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua A. Fishman is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in Social Sciences at Yeshiva University, and visiting professor at Stanford University [Linguistics and Education], New York University [Multiculturalism] and CUNY-Graduate Center [Linguistics]. Tom's Galguera is an associate professor in the Teachers for Tomorrow's Schools teacher education program at Mills College and a fellow at the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction 1
What Are "Tests for Research Purposes"? 11
The End Goal as a First Consideration 19
Instrument Reliability 25
Instrument Validity 35
Item Analysis 51
Sociopsychological Scales 69
Designing Your Instrument: Componentiality and Item Type 81
Preparation and Preliminary Testing of the First Version 91
Analyzing Version 1: Item Statistics and Instrument Reliability 105
Analyzing Version 2: Item Statistics, Instrument Reliability, and Validity 115
Semiformal Measurement: Varieties of Content Analysis 127
What Next? Back to the Future 135
App. A: Recommended Readings 141
App. B Instructions for Performing Necessary Statistical Procedures in SPSS 143
App. C Sample Data Set of Items and Scores for Self-Esteem Scale, Version 1 147
References 159
Index 161
About the Authors 167
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