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Measurement Theory in Action


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Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction and Overview 2. Statistics Review for Psychological Measurement 3. Psychological Scaling 4. Test Preparation and Specification Part 2: Reliability, Validity, and Test Bias 5. Reliability Overview: Classical Test Theory 6. Estimating Reliability 7. Content Validity 8. Criterion-Related Validation 9. Construct Validity 10. Validity Generalization and Psychometric Meta-Analysis 11. Test Bias, Unfairness, and Equivalence Part 3: Practical Issues in Test Construction 12. Developing Tests of Maximal Performance 13. Classical Test Theory Item Analysis 14. Scoring Tests 15. Developing Measures of Typical Performance 16. Response Bias Part 4: Advanced Topics 17. Combining Predictors using Multiple Regression 18. Exploratory Factor Analysis 19. Confirmatory Factor Analysis 20. Item Response Theory 21. Applications of Item Response Theory: Computer Adaptive Testing and Differential Item Functioning 22. Generalizability Theory

About the Author

Kenneth S. Shultz is Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. David J. Whitney is Professor and Department Chair of psychology at California State University, Long Beach. Michael J. Zickar is Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.


"As someone who has frequently taught measurement courses, I am a firm believer that student learning of the material is critically tied to being able to apply the core techniques. This book provides tremendous opportunities for application of fundamental measurement concepts and techniques in all key aspects of the test development and validation process." - Ronald S. Landis, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA "This is an excellent introduction to psychometrics with a strong hands-on emphasis. The writing is clear and easy to follow. This is an invaluable resource for students new to psychological and educational measurement as well as for instructors looking for solid examples to use in their courses." - Adam Meade, North Carolina State University, USA "This book offers a view of measurement and measurement practice that goes beyond most books on measurement, which are so analytical that they might well be called "Measurement theory inaction." Highly recommended for anyone interested in views on measurement theory." - Michael James Zyphur, University of Melbourne, Australia "I love the practical questions, case studies, and exercises. ...The authors are wonderful writers. ... It is accessible to undergraduates and ... graduate students ... I will use it, and I will most definitely recommend it to everyone. ... Practitioners wanting a refresher in measurement would find this valuable." - Lisa Finkelstein, Northern Illinois University, USA "The target market for this book can be expanded beyond just psychology/education students to include business management students. As someone who teaches research methods to these students, I believe there is a dire need for such measurement texts. ...I am more than happy to adopt it and recommend to my colleagues." - Debi P. Mishra, State University of New York - Binghamton, USA "It is a very easy book to pick up and read. ... Half of the instructor's battle ... is simply getting the students to read the assigned material. Shultz and Whitney [and Zickar] make it easy to win that battle. ...The students really seem to like it. ...Some of [case studies] are "dead-on" relevant to situations that my students find themselves in. ...It's a great text." - Dennis Devine, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

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