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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.
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