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Author Furr, R. Michael.

Title Psychometrics : an introduction / R. Michael Furr, Verne R. Bacharach.

Published Los Angeles : Sage Publications, [2008]
©2008

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 UniM Bail  150.15195 FURR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 349 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-342) and index.
Contents The Conceptual Orientation of This Book and the Intended Audience -- Organizational Overview -- Ch. 1. Psychometrics and the Importance of Psychological Measurement -- Observable Behavior and Unobservable Psychological Attributes -- Psychological Tests: Definition and Types -- Psychometrics -- Challenges to Measurement in Psychology -- Theme: The Importance of Individual Differences -- Pt. I. Basic Concepts in Measurement -- Ch. 2. Scaling -- Fundamental Issues With Numbers -- Units of Measurement -- Additivity and Counting -- Four Scales of Measurement -- Ch. 3. Individual Differences and Correlations -- The Nature of Variability -- Importance of Individual Differences -- Variability and Distributions of Scores -- Quantifying the Association Between Distributions -- Variance for "Composite Variables" -- Binary Items -- Interpreting Test Scores -- Test Norms -- Ch. 4. Test Dimensionality and Factor Analysis -- Test Dimensionality -- Factor Analysis: Examining the Dimensionality of a Test -- Pt. II. Reliability -- Ch. 5. Reliability: Conceptual Basis -- Overview of Reliability and Classical Test Theory -- Observed Scores, True Scores, and Measurement Error -- Variances in Observed Scores, True Scores, and Error Scores -- Four Ways to Think of Reliability -- Reliability and the Standard Error of Measurement -- Parallel Tests -- Domain Sampling Theory -- Ch. 6. Empirical Estimates of Reliability -- Alternate Forms Reliability -- Test-Retest Reliability -- Internal Consistency Reliability -- Factors Affecting the Reliability of Test Scores -- Sample Homogeneity and Reliability Generalization -- Reliability of Difference Scores -- Ch. 7. Importance of Reliability -- Behavioral Research -- Applied Behavioral Practice: Evaluation of an Individual's Test Score -- Test Construction and Refinement -- Pt. III. Validity -- Ch. 8. Validity: Conceptual Basis -- What Is Validity? -- Validity Evidence: Test Content -- Validity Evidence: Internal Structure of the Test -- Validity Evidence: Response Processes -- Validity Evidence: Associations With Other Variables -- Validity Evidence: Consequences of Testing -- Other Perspectives on Validity -- Contrasting Reliability and Validity -- The Importance of Validity -- Ch. 9. Validity: Estimating and Evaluating Convergent and Discriminant Validity Evidence -- Methods for Evaluating Convergent and Discriminant Validity -- Factors Affecting a Validity Coefficient -- Interpreting a Validity Coefficient -- Pt. IV. Threats to Psychometric Quality -- Ch. 10. Response Biases -- Types of Response Biases -- Methods for Coping With Response Biases -- Response Biases, Response Sets, and Response Styles -- Ch. 11. Test Bias -- Why Worry About Test Score Bias? -- Detecting Construct Bias: Internal Evaluation of a Test -- Detecting Predictive Bias: External Evaluation of a Test -- Other Statistical Procedures -- Test Fairness -- Pt. V. Advanced Psychometric Approaches -- Ch. 12. Generalizability Theory -- Multiple Facets of Measurement -- Generalizability and Variance Components -- G Studies and D Studies -- Conducting and Interpreting Generalizability Theory Analysis: A One-Facet Design -- Conducting and Interpreting Generalizability Theory Analysis: A Two-Facet Design -- Other Measurement Designs -- Ch. 13. Item Response Theory and Rasch Models -- Basics of IRT -- IRT Measurement Models -- An Example of IRT: A Rasch Model -- Item and Test Information -- Applications of IRT.
Summary "In Psychometrics: An Introduction, authors R. Michael Furr and Verne R. Bacharach center their presentation of material around a conceptual understanding of psychometric issues, such as validity and reliability, and on purpose rather than procedure, the "why" rather than the "how to." Their goal is to introduce psychometric principles at a level that is deeper and more focused than found in introductory undergraduate testing and measurement texts but that is more intuitive than traditionally found in the more technical publications intended for graduate courses. By emphasizing concepts over mathematical proofs and by focusing on practical significance, this book assists students in appreciating not just how measurement problems can be addressed but why it is important to address them."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Bacharach, Verne R.
Subject Psychometrics.
ISBN 9781412927604 (cloth)
1412927609 (cloth)