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Here's an easy-to-follow, visual guide to using the Wechsler Intelligence and Memory Scales to design assessments and make interpretations you can stand by — assessments and interpretations that are both psychometrically and theoretically defensible.
In this guide, Dawn Flanagan, Kevin McGrew, and Samuel Ortiz modernize the interpretation of the Wechsler Intelligence Scales by applying Gf-Gc theory and the cross-battery approach to intellectual assessment and interpretation. They show you in-depth how to use cross-battery principles and techniques to augment the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WPPSI-R, WISC-III, WAIS-III) in a psychometrically defensible manner and how to interpret the results of Wechsler-based cross-battery assessments within the context of today's theory and research. In the three comprehensive parts, the guide shows the approach used by the authors: a comprehensive review of the psychometric, theoretical, and qualitative characteristics of all of the individual subtests of the WPPSI-R, WISC-III, WAIS-III, WMS-III, and CMS; and a thorough understanding of the product of grounding cognitive ability assessment and interpretation, with the Wechsler Scales, in strong theory and research — the Wechsler-based Gf-Gc cross-battery approach. What's more, The Wechsler-based cross-battery approach presented here narrows the theory-practice gap in the field of intellectual assessment and includes well-articulated theory and research based guidelines for conducting Wechsler cross-battery assessments with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals.
For practicing clinicians.
Each chapter includes “Conclusion.”
Foreword by Alan S. Kaufman.
I.LINKING CONTEMPORARY INTELLIGENCE THEORY AND PRACTICE: AN OVERVIEW.
1.The Wechsler Scales in Perspective: Historical and Contemporary Views.
The Wechsler Scales: History and Approaches to Interpretation.
2.Theories and Measures of Intelligence: A Continuum of Progress within the Psychometric Tradition.
Intelligence Tests as Taxonomic Tools.
Three General Paradigms for Conceptualizing and Measuring Intelligence.
Psychometric Theories and Measures of Intelligence: Where Do the Wechsler Intelligence Scales Fit?
That Was Then: Early or “Incomplete” Taxonomic Theories and Models of Intelligence.
This Is Now: Contemporary or “Complete” Taxonomic Theories and Models of Intelligence.
What Is Gf-Gc Theory?
Recent Gf-Gc Theory Developments.
Gardner, Sternberg, and Guilford's Theories: Relevance to Contemporary Psychometric Theories.
Moving the Wechslers from Then to Now: Narrowing the Theory-Practice Gap.
3.Contemporary Gf-Gc Theory and Wechsler Test Interpretation.
Strong Theory: A Prerequisite for Strong Construct Validity.
Supporting Evidence for Gf-Gc Theory.
Linking Gf-Gc Theory and Applied Measurement: The Importance of a Strong Program of Construct Validation Research.
The Substantive Stage of Construct Validation: A Conceptual Explanation.
The Structural Stage of Construct Validation: A Conceptual Explanation.
The External Stage of Construct Validation: A Conceptual Explanation.
II.DESCRIPTIONS AND EVALUATIONS OF THE WECHSLER INTELLIGENCE AND WECHSLER-LINKED MEMORY SCALES.
4.Psychometric, Theoretical, and Qualitative Characteristics of the Wechsler Intelligence Scales.
Understanding What the Wechsler Scales Measure: A Conceptual Framework.
Improving Test Interpretation: The Cross-Battery Perspective.
A Description of Important Psychometric Characteristics.
Construct Validity: Gf-Gc Broad and Narrow Test Classifications.
Other Variables That Influence Test Performance.
The Wechsler Intelligence Test Characteristic Summary Pages.
5.The Wechsler Memory Scales and Other Supplements to the Wechsler Intelligence Scales.
The Importance of Supplementary Cognitive Tests.
Description of Major Intelligence Batteries and Supplemental Cognitive Tests within the Gf-Gc Framework.
Wechsler-Linked Memory Scales.
The Memory Scale Test Characteristic Summary Pages.
The Wechsler-Linked Memory Scales in Perspective.
Wechsler Memory Scale and Children's Memory Scale Summary Pages. PARTHEAD = III. GF-GC CROSS-BATTERY ASSESSMENT AND INTERPRETATION USING THE WECHSLER SCALES.
6.The Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Approach: Foundation, Rationale, and Application to the Wechsler Intelligence Scales.
The Foundation of the Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Approach.
Rationale for the Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Approach.
The Need for a Cross-Battery Assessment Approach.
Application of the Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Approach to the Wechslet Intelligence Scales.
A WISC-III-Based Cross-Battery Case Example.
A WAIS-III-Based Cross-Battery Example.
The Cross-Battery Approach in Perspective.
7.Wechsler-Based Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Interpretation and Selective Cross-Battery Assessment.
A Conceptual Framework for Assessment and Interpretation.
Interindividual Analysis with Wechsler-Based Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Data.
Interindividual Analysis of Christine's WISC-III-Based Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Evaluation.
Intraindividual Analysis with Wechsler-Based Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Data.
Selective Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Assessment.
8.Measuring Cognitive Abilities in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: Selective Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Assessment with the Wechsler Scales.
Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations.
Bias in the Assessment of Intelligence.
A New Frame of Reference for Intelligence Tests.
Application of the Wechsler Scales with Diverse Populations.
Appendix A: A Network of Validity Evidence for the Wechsler Intelligence Scales.
Appendix B: Bibliography of Critical Reviews of the Wechsler Scales.
Appendix C: Wechsler-Based Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Worksheets.
Appendix D: Percentile Rank and Standard Score Conversion Table.
Appendix E: Wechsler Gf-Gc Standard Score Profile.
Appendix F: WISC-III-Based Gf-Gc Cross-Battery Interpretive.
Appendix G: A User-Friendly Guide to Understanding Broad Gf-Gc Abilities and Their Relations to Achievement.
Appendix H: Responsible Use of Ability-Achievement Disrepancies in Assessment.