- Subject index
Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 41: Testing and Assessment
Testing and Assessment
The endeavor of measuring an intangible construct such as an individual's intelligence or aptitude is both fascinating and essential. Psychologists, educators, the government, and corporate America use the principles and measures of testing and assessment to solve challenging problems on a daily basis. For example, a psychologist may administer a wide variety of test batteries including intelligence and personality tests as well as measures to screen for neurological impairment. Educators may use tests to assess achievement and facilitate student placement decisions. Corporate America, as well as government agencies, have also embraced testing and frequently administer tests to make vocational decisions related to hiring, firing, and general utilization of personnel.
The field of testing and assessment in the United States is relatively ...