Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement / Edition 2

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Overview

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 an international bestseller. He provides an overview of the design of tests, the use of tests, and some of the basic social, political, and legal issues that the process of testing involves. The Second Edition includes more opportunities to practice, and end-of-chapter sections that apply the material to everyday concerns regarding the assessment of behavior.

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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.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412989756
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 399
  • Sales rank: 213,569
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil J. Salkind received his Ph D from the University of Maryland in Human Development. After teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and research in education, where he continues to collaborate with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children’s cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction to focus on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He has delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations, written more than 100 trade and textbooks, and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (SAGE), Theories of Human Development (SAGE), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He has edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he likes to read, swim with the River City Sharks, letterpress print using 1820s technology, bake brownies (see the Excel version of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics for the recipe at http://www.statisticsforpeople.com), and poke around old Volvos and old houses.

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Table of Contents

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

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