This accessible book outlines the key ingredients of psychological assessment and provides case studies to illustrate their application, making this an ideal textbook for courses on psychometrics or psychological assessment. The book covers the nature of assessment, basic components, how tests are made, underlying statistics, reliability and validity, assessment of intelligence, abilities and personality, non-psychometric approaches, as well as ethical and professional issues and modern developments. A final chapter explains how readers can construct their own tests. Wide-ranging case studies demonstrate the variety of contexts in which assessment is conducted. The author’s clarity of writing and use of practical examples throughout helps students apply these methods in practice with confidence as part of their studies on an array of courses.

Alternative Perspectives on Assessment

Alternative perspectives on assessment

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Explain the influence of subjectivity, stereotyping and the Barnum effect on common forms of assessment, and the dangers of these.
  • Discuss a range of non-psychometric forms of assessment in general use, including interview, projective, behavioural and objective test methods, and their advantages and limitations.
  • Give an account of the theories and measures used to assess motivation, values and interests.

What is This Chapter about?

We have come a long way in learning about psychological assessment and psychometrics. However, not everything fits neatly into our almost linear comprehensive view. Some methods do not fit into any simple model or classification. We need to now look at the most common of these and ...

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