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Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance, Fourth Edition, paves the way for students and professionals to identify and solve human performance problems in the areas of kinesiology, physical education, health, and fitness. Focusing on the concepts of reliability, objectivity, and validity, the text introduces students to tests and measurements and guides them through statistical decision making and accurate interpretation of data.

Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance, Fourth Edition, is designed with student learning in mind with its practical approach, easy-to-read style, and minimal mathematics. Like previous editions, the text combines introductory algebraic concepts with explanations of reliability and validity to assist students in developing the knowledge and tools to gather and analyze data for decision making. The fourth edition also features many upgrades:

• An updated online study guide that incorporates more student activities, computer tasks, and quiz questions to help students comprehend the concepts

• A realignment of chapters into four cohesive sections leading from background knowledge and basic statistical concepts to supportive theories and practical application

• Greater use of Microsoft Excel to assist with statistical calculations, including an appendix of directions, screen captures, and templates for complex calculations

• Inclusion of large sample data sets with each chapter’s online study guide content that help students review concepts and emphasize the value of computer skills in the field of measurement and evaluation

• More information on physical activity assessment incorporated into all chapters

• A new contributor who lends expertise to teachers and coaches in a chapter addressing performance-based assessment

In addition to incorporating use of MS Excel, this edition continues to use Predictive Analysis Software (PASW), previously known as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). These computer applications provide students with the skills to quickly complete time-consuming and difficult calculations for large amounts of data.

A unique strength of the text is the presentation of practical settings where students will use their measurement and evaluation skills. After learning how to analyze and interpret data using concepts of reliability and validity from norm-referenced and criterion-referenced perspectives, students will see how to apply their skills to develop written tests and surveys, assess physical fitness and activity in adults and youth, assess sport skills and motor abilities, and make psychological measurements by using scales in assessing attitudes, beliefs, and concepts. Finally, students will find special learning elements throughout the text such as chapter objectives, measurement and evaluation challenges, and highlight boxes, while instructors will appreciate an updated ancillary package featuring an instructor guide, test package, and presentation package with a new image bank.

Includes online study guide!

The online study guide is specifically designed to work directly with the text. Lecture outlines map each chapter’s content, giving students a template to follow during class lectures. Then after the lecture, the study guide features homework problems and quizzes that allow students to test how well they have mastered each chapter’s content. The study guide also includes learning activities to provide students with hands-on application. They will be able to do these tasks:

• Use large data sets to practice data analysis techniques, including use of statistical analysis software

• Complete tasks that emphasize chapter content

• Test their understanding by reviewing select answers provided to the homework problems, student activities, and mastery items (some of which are presented in the text)

Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance, Fourth Edition, continues to provide a solid presentation of basic measurement concepts along with the opportunity to apply the concepts through the interactive study guide. With its emphasis on understanding and practicing the use of sound measurement techniques, this fourth edition prepares students and professionals to identify problems and make solid decisions in the realm of human performance.

The book contains both black-and-white and color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is a much needed update of a book that introduces, comments on, and explains common practices and methodologies in the measurement of human performance in the field of sport and exercise science using research-based approaches. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reliable and practical educational resource to help students better understand and implement the principles of human performance measurement. Sport and exercise science practitioners need to be sure they are implementing trustworthy and reliable testing measures that are expertly explained in this book.
Audience: The highly respected and expert authors aim this book at an audience of students of sport and exercise science. Both undergraduate and graduate students can use this information in clinical as well as sport and activity settings. Practitioners also may find this book equally useful, particularly those in professional fields such as personal trainers, athletic trainers, exercise specialists, and strength coaches.
Features: The book is well organized, progressively building upon concepts introduced and explained in prior chapters. It ranges from introducing the basic ideas and concepts of human performance measurement to demonstrating the application of these principles. The authors do an excellent job of providing literature-based research to support their claims on the reliability and validity of specific but wide-ranging methodologies used for performance measurement in both adult and youth populations.
Assessment: This is a must have for any student seriously interested in understanding the building blocks of human performance testing in sport and exercise science. It thoroughly explains a multitude of testing methods while concurrently supporting their use in practice. This edition provides up-to-date references that demonstrate how the area of exercise and sport science measurement is a dynamic and progressive field.
Pietro Tonino
This text explores the subject of measurement of human performance. This book teaches students the principles of evaluation of human performance and allows them to determine what data are pertinent in evaluating human performance. It is intended for students who will become involved in evaluation and measurement of human performance. It explores these subjects in detail. The book is well organized and easy to read. The illustrations are of good quality. The question and answer sections reinforce important concepts. This book provides an in-depth review of the evaluation and measurement of human performance. It will be most appreciated by those in this field and, for others, it is a good reference text.
An interactive textbook and software package (Apple- compatible) which uses MYSTAT, a graphic and data management program. The text covers theories and principles of measurement and navigates computer applications and practical physical education science problems and solutions. Includes graphics, b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736090391
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/12/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 250,147
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James R. Morrow, Jr., PhD, is a regent’s professor in the department of kinesiology, health promotion, and recreation at the University of North Texas at Denton. Dr. Morrow regularly teaches courses in measurement and evaluation in human performance. He has authored more than 100 articles and chapters on exercise physiology, measurement, and computer use, and he has conducted significant research using the techniques presented in the text. In addition to teaching, Dr. Morrow served as president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); a research fellow of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); and a fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals (NASHPERSD). Dr. Morrow has chaired the AAHPERD Measurement and Evaluation Council and is a recipient of that council’s Honor Award. He has produced four fitness-testing software packages, including the AAHPERD Health-Related Physical Fitness test, and was editor in chief of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport from 1989 to 1993. He served as the founding coeditor of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. He enjoys playing golf, reading, and traveling.

Allen W. Jackson, EdD, is currently the chairperson of the department of kinesiology, health promotion, and recreation at the University of North Texas, where he has taught kinesiology with research, statistics, and computer applications since 1978. He has published extensively in measurement and evaluation, including more than 100 articles, and has presented more than 200 scientific papers. He has received research funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Cooper Institute. He is a reviewer for Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science and served as associate editor and statistical consultant for Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. He has also served as section editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Dr. Jackson earned his EdD in 1978 at the University of Houston. He is an ACSM fellow, an AAKPE fellow, a member of the Science Board for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport, and a member of AAHPERD. Dr. Jackson’s favorite leisure activities are jogging, weightlifting, and walking.

James G. Disch, PED, is an associate professor in the kinesiology department at Rice University. From 1986 to 1991 he served as master of Richardson College at Rice. Dr. Disch has authored numerous articles, chapters, manuals, and texts in the areas of applied measurement, prediction in sport, and applied sport science. A member of AAHPERD since 1974, he has served as chair, secretary, and advisory board member of the measurement and evaluation council of AAHPERD. He is also a reviewer for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.

Dr. Disch has coordinated several workshops and symposia on measurement and evaluation and, along with Dr. Morrow, cochaired the Third National Measurement and Evaluation Symposium in Houston in 1980. Dr. Disch was a major contributor to the development of AAHPERD Health-Related Fitness norms in 1980 and has worked as a consultant and advisor for Olympic and professional teams. He is currently on the Educational Advisory Committee of USA Volleyball. In 1999 he was named recipient of the National Measurement and Evaluation Council Honor Award. Dr. Disch earned his PED in biomechanics and measurement from Indiana University in 1973. He directs several youth sport clinics and competes in men’s senior baseball.

Dale P. Mood, PhD, is a professor and former associate dean of arts and sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Mood has taught measurement and evaluation, statistics, and research methods courses since 1970 and has published extensively in the field, including 47 articles and 5 books. He has served as a consultant to five NFL football teams and chair of the Measurement and Evaluation Council of AAHPERD, and he is a former president of AAALF. He is a reviewer for Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. In his leisure time, Dr. Mood enjoys reading, officiating summer league swimming meets, and participating in a variety of physical activities.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction to Tests and Measurements in Human Performance

Chapter 1. Concepts in Tests and Measurement

Nature of Measurement and Evaluation

Purposes of Measurement, Testing, and Evaluation

Domains of Human Performance


Chapter 2. Using Technology in Measurement and Evaluation

Using Microcomputers to Analyze Data

Using PASW

Downloading Data Matrices


Part II. Basic Statistical Concepts

Chapter 3. Descriptive Statistics and the Normal Distribution

Scales of Measurement

Summation Notation

Reporting Data

Central Tendency

Distribution Shapes


Standard Scores

Normal-Curve Areas (z Table)


Chapter 4. Correlation and Prediction

Correlation Coefficient

Calculating r


Multiple Correlation or Multiple Regression


Chapter 5. Inferential Statistics

Hypothesis Testing

Independent and Dependent Variables

Overview of Hypotheses Testing and Inferential Statistics

Selected Statistical Tests


Part III. Reliability and Validity Theory
Chapter 6. Norm-Referenced Reliability and Validity



Applied Reliability and Validity Measures


Chapter 7. Criterion-Referenced Reliability and Validity

Developing Criterion-Referenced Standards

Development of Criterion-Referenced Testing

Statistical Analysis of CRTs

Statistical Techniques to Use With CRTs

CRT Examples

Applying Criterion-Referenced Standards to Epidemiology


Part IV. Human Performance Applications
Chapter 8. Developing Written Tests and Surveys

Planning the Test

Constructing and Scoring the Test

Administering the Test

Analyzing the Test

Item Analysis

Sources of Written Tests



Chapter 9. Physical Fitness and Activity Assessment in Adults

Health-Related Physical Fitness

Establishing the Risk for Fitness Testing

Measuring Aerobic Capacity

Measuring Body Composition

Measuring Muscular Strength and Endurance

Measuring Flexibility

Health-Related Fitness Batteries

Physical Fitness Assessment in Older Adults

Older Adult Fitness Battery

Special Populations

Measuring Physical Activity

Certification Programs


Chapter 10. Physical Fitness and Activity Assessment in Youth

Health-Related Fitness and Motor Fitness

Norms Versus Criterion-Referenced Standards

Normative Data

Youth Fitness Test Batteries


Variable Standards in Youth Fitness Tests

Enhancing Reliable and Valid Fitness Test Results With Children

Special Children

Measuring Physical Activity in Youth


Chapter 11. Assessment of Sports Skills and Motor Abilities

Guidelines for Sport Skills and Motor Performance Tests

Effective Testing Procedures

Developing Psychomotor Tests

Issues in Skills Testing

Skills Test Classification

Testing Motor Abilities

Purposes of Human Performance Analysis


Chapter 12. Psychological Measurements in Sports and Exercise

Robert S. Weinberg

Sport Psychology: Performance Enhancement and Mental Health

Trait Versus State Measures

General Versus Sport-Specific Measures

Cautions in Using Psychological Tests

Quantitative Versus Qualitative Measurement

Scales Used in Sport and Exercise Psychology

General Psychological Scales Used in Sport and Exercise


Chapter 13. Classroom Grading: A Summative Evaluation

Evaluations and Standards

Process of Grading

Determining Instructional Objectives

Consistency in Grading

Grading Mechanics


Chapter 14. Performance-Based Assessment: Alternative Assessments for Measurement and Evaluation

Jacalyn Lund

Impetus for Developing a New Type of Assessment

Types of Performance-Based Assessment

Establishing Criteria for Judging Performance-Based Assessments

Subjectivity: A Criticism of Performance-Based Assessments

Selecting Appropriate Performance-Based Assessments

Issues to Consider When Developing Performance-Based Assessments

Improving Assessment Practices in Physical Education Settings


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