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Testing, Measurement, and Culture
Testing, measurement, and culture

This chapter provides a brief overview of testing and psychometric measurement issues needed to evaluate the scores of many multicultural instruments we will be summarizing. Excellent and more detailed presentations of this topic can be found in other sources (e.g., Kline, 2005; Kurpius & Stafford, 2006; McIntire & Miller, 2007; Nunnally & Bernstein, 1994). We begin with basic statistical concepts such as scales of measurement, qualitative versus quantitative scales, measures of central tendency and variability, standardization, and norms. These statistical concepts are important to us at this juncture of the book because they provide a mathematical foundation for the measurement concepts we will cover and also because these concepts will be mentioned on occasion throughout the multicultural measurement ...

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