Psychological Testing and Assessment / Edition 12

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Overview

With this thoroughly revised twelfth edition, Psychological Testing and Assessment builds on its reputation as the premier text in the field. Lewis Aiken and new co-author Gary Groth-Marnat, a renowned lecturer, practitioner, and researcher, provide extensive coverage of tests used in clinical, organizational, forensic, and educational settings. This comprehensive text includes information on test construction, test application, neuropsychological assessment, the new format for the college entrance exams, adaptive testing, item response theory, and the use of computers in psychological testing. The authors incorporate case studies and experiential activities throughout, encouraging students to think critically about the material in a real-world framework. Greater clarity and expansion of pedagogical features have been made including references to web-based resources, clear chapter objectives, chapter summaries, and review questions. Learning is further enhanced through a companion website that includes practice tests, annotated listing of websites, and guidelines for understanding and evaluating psychological reports. With its well-integrated material and cutting-edge content, Psychological Testing and Assessment is an essential text for students planning to evaluate, administer, interpret, construct, or make decisions based on psychological tests.

Test design & construction, test administration, item analysis & norms, reliability, personality assessment.

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Editorial Reviews

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A text for a one-semester course in testing and assessment at the undergraduate or beginning graduate level in psychology or education. Coverage includes assessment methods and practices, assessment of abilities, assessment of personality and preferences, and applications and issues. Pedagogical features include chapter summaries, questions, and activities, plus reference appendices, a glossary, and lists of vendors. This edition places greater emphasis on applications of testing in education, clinical, and organizational settings Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The aim of this text is to improve the knowledge, understanding, and practices of persons who construct tests, take tests, and ponder over the meaning and value of test scores. The emphasis is on psychological testing in educational, clinical, and industrial settings. Included is a detailed study guide divided among the 15 chapters and four appendices, as well as overviews, boldfaced terms and names, exercises, and, of course, tests. An MS-DOS diskette containing accompanying programs to construct, administer, and score tests can be obtained free of charge from the author. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205457427
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/23/2005
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 265,864
  • Product dimensions: 7.23 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

I. INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY OF ASSESSMENT

1. Historical and Professional Matters

Historical Overview

Testing as a Profession

Testing Standards and Ethics

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

2. Design and Construction of Tests

Planning a Test

Preparing Items

Assembling and Reproducing a Test

Oral Testing

Performance Testing

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

3. Administration and Scoring of Tests

Administration

Scoring

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

4. Item Analysis and Standardization of Tests

Item Analysis

Test Standardization and Norms

Equating Tests

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

5. Reliability and Validity of Tests

Reliability

Validity

Using Tests in Personnel Decision Making

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

II. ASSESSMENT OF COGNITIVE ABILITIES

6. Intelligence Testing

History, Definitions, and Theories

Individual Tests of Intelligence

Group Tests of Intelligence

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

7. Individual and Group Differences in Cognitive Abilities

Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, and Creativity

Research on Correlates of Cognitive Abilities

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

8. Neuropsychological Assessment

Developmental Assessment of Infants and Young Children

Neuropsychological Theories, Disorders, and Assessment

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

9. Standardized Achievement Tests

Foundations of Achievement Testing

Types and Selection of Achievement Tests

Achievement Test Batteries

Achievement Tests in Specific Areas

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

10. Applications and Issues in Ability Testing

Assessment in Educational Contexts

Criticisms and Issues in Ability Testing

Other Issues in Educational Testing

Employment Testing and Bias

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

III. VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

11. Evaluating Special Abilities

Concepts and Characteristics

Sensory-Perceptual and Psychomotor Skills

Mechanical Ability

Clerical and Computer-Related Abilities

Artistic and Musical Abilities

Multiple-Aptitude Batteries

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

12. Measuring Vocational Interests

Foundations of Interest Measurement

Validity of Interest Inventories

Strong Interest Inventories

Kuder Interest Inventories

Interests and Personality

Other General- and Special-Purpose Interest Inventories

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

13. Measuring Attitudes, Values, and Personal Orientations

Attitude Measurement

Measurement of Values

Personal Orientations

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

IV. ASSESSMENT OF PERSONALITY

14. Personality Assessment: Origins, Applications, & Issues

Pseudosciences and Other Historical Antecedents

Theories of Personality

Uses and Misuses of Personality Assessment

Clinical Assessment

Other Areas of Application of Personality Assessment

Issues and Controversies in Personality Assessment

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

15. Assessing Personality through Observations and Interviews

Observations

Biographical Information

Interviews

Observations and Interviews in Behavior Analysis

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

16. Rating Scales and Checklists

Rating Scales

Checklists

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

17. Objective Personality Inventories

Truthfulness, reliability, and validity

Single-Construct and Symptom Inventories

Inventories Based on Content Validation

Inventories Based on Factor Analysis

Inventories Based on Criterion Keying

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

18. Projective Personality Assessment

Word Associations and Constructions

The Rorschach

The TAT and its Variations

Prospects for Personality Assessment

Summary

Mastering the Chapter Objectives

Experiencing Psychological Assessment

Appendix A: Measurement and Statistics

Scales of Measurement

Frequency Distributions

Measures of Central Tendency

Percentiles, Deciles, and Quartiles

Measures of Variability

Correlation and Linear Regression

Factor Analysis

Summary

Mastering the Appendix Objectives

Appendix B: Table of Areas under the Normal Curve


Appendix C. Major Suppliers of Psychological and Educational

Assessment Materials

Appendix D: Websites of Organizations Concerned with

Psychological Testing and Assessment

Glossary

Answers to Quantitative Exercises

References

Author Index

Subject Index

Test Index

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