Originally published in 1972, there were many ‘classics’ dealing with assessment and testing on the market at the time, but most of these left the inexperienced reader bewildered in the early stages, because of their size and insufficient explanation of the many technical terms used. There were a distinct lack of books which gave students in Colleges of Education dealing with psychology for the first time a simple explanation of basic terms in assessment and testing, and which introduced them briefly to the different types of tests available.
Assessment and Testing aimed to fill this large gap. It looks at such key psychological terms as ‘sample’, ‘objectivity’, ‘subjectivity’, and such basic statistical terms such as ‘mean’, ‘standard deviation’, and ‘normal curve of distribution’. Because it assumes that the reader has no knowledge of such terms, it gives careful and simply illustrated explanations of each.
In the same way, in simple language, with any technical terms explained and illustrated, it explains intelligence and personality tests, questionnaires, sociometric measures, projection techniques, and other areas of assessment and testing which every practising teacher will meet.
The book aims to be essentially practical. It is appreciated all the time that the readers are those who will teach children. It is designed to provide a solid foundation upon which the reader can build later to augment his own experience of identifying children’s particular needs.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Part 1: Basic Terms and Principles Used in Assessment and Testing 1. Basic Terms: ‘Sample’, ‘Chance’, ‘Probability’, Significance 2. The Teacher’s Mark 3. More Key Terms in Assessment and Testing Part 2: Methods of Assessment and Testing; Types of Tests; the Application Through Tests of the Principles of Assessment and Testing Discussed in Part 1 4. Intelligence Tests I 5. Intelligence Tests II 6. Measuring Personality I 7. Measuring Personality II 8. Sociometric Measurement 9. Interview and Questionnaire 10. Points to Note in Choosing Tests; Examples of Tests 11. Glossary of the Main Technical Terms Used in this Book. Bibliography. Index.