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Measurement and Statistics for Teachers

2nd Edition

By Malcolm L. Van Blerkom

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286 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Measurement and Statistics for Teachers deftly combines descriptive statistics and measurement in the classroom into a student-friendly, practical volume. Based on a course taught by the author for the past 25 years, this book offers to undergraduate education students a clear account of the basic issues in measurement and details best practices for administering performance assessments, interpreting test scores, and evaluating student writing. This second edition includes updated pedagogical features, timely discussions of student assessment, state standards (including NCLB), and an expanded focus that incorporates the needs of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary teachers.

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Praise for the first edition:

"Contemporary students are certain to be among the most tested of any generation, something unlikely to change in the next few years. Consequently, Van Blerkom’s discussion of measurement and statistical concepts makes good sense . . . discussing a variety of formal and informal testing issues. They will be helpful to educators and the interested public."

--CHOICE, August 2009, Vol. 46 No. 11

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART 1 MEASUREMENT

Section I: Basic Issues of Measurement

Chapter 1: Introduction to Measurement

Chapter 2: Frames of Reference: Interpreting Test Scores

Chapter 3: Developing Objectives

Chapter 4: Reliability

Chapter 5: Validity

Section II: Classroom Testing

Chapter 7: Essay Items

Chapter 8: Multiple-Choice Items

Chapter 9: True-False Items (and Variations)

Chapter 10: Producing and Administering Tests

Chapter 11: Analyzing Tests

Section III: Alternative Assessment Techniques

Chapter 12: Informal Assessments

Chapter 13: Performance Assessments

Chapter 14: Portfolios

Section IV: Additional Measurement Issues

Chapter 15: Teaching Students Test-Taking Skills

Chapter 16: Standardized Tests

Chapter 17: Alternative Ways to Report Test Scores

PART II DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS

Chapter 18: The Language and Logic of Statistics

Chapter 19: Frequency Distributions and Graphs

Chapter 20: Central Tendency: What is a Typical Score?

Chapter 21: Variability: How Spread Out Are the Scores?

Chapter 22: Correlation

Appendix

References

Index

About the Author

Malcolm L. Van Blerkom is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and former Chairman of the Division of Education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU009000
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDU011000
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDU037000
EDUCATION / Research