Tests and Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests and Measurement / Edition 1

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In this text, author Neil J. Salkind guides readers through the fundamentals of tests and measurement, using the conversational writing style and straightforward presentation techniques that have made his book Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics a bestseller. Tests & Measurements For People Who (Think They) Hate Tests And Measurements provides an overview of the many different facets of testing including the design of tests, the use of tests, and some of the basic social, political, and legal issues that the process of testing involves. This engaging text introduces students to advanced issues and explains why those topics are important.

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Editorial Reviews

Justina D. Pedante
“It is extremely readable even with all the technical information. People who may have little confidence in their ability to comprehend this difficult subject matter are hooked by the conversational approach of the author.”
Janet A. Boberg
“My students say over and over again how useful this text was and that they will keep the book as a reference instead of selling it at the end of the semester!”
Susan L. Churchill
“The real-world examples and journal article citations presented within each chapter are very useful. I like having the references and the ability to share the full article with students. I find the use of humor throughout the book as a key component. Very serious topics (which can sometimes produce anxiety in students) are approached in a humorous manner that prevents students from becoming anxious as they start the material.”
Brady K. Le Vrier
“[Salkind’s] writing style and graphics are the keys to the successful delivery of some very difficult subject matter to some students with little or no prior knowledge of testing and measurement.”
H Lawrence Jones
"The slight balance of technical material with non technical explanations and examples."
Brady K. LeVrier
“[Salkind’s] writing style and graphics are the keys to the successful delivery of some very difficult subject matter to some students with little or no prior knowledge of testing and measurement.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412913645
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil J. Salkind is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas where he taught in the Department of Educational Psychology for more than 35 years. His interest is in writing about statistics and research methods in an informative, non-intimidating and non-condescending way and is also the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (the Excel Edition), Excel Statistics - a Quick Guide, and the recently edited Encyclopedia of Research Design.

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Table of Contents

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

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