Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement

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In this text, author Neil J. Salkind guides readers through the fundamentals of tests and measurement, using the conversational writing style and straightforward presentation techniques that has made his book Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics a bestseller. Tests & Measurement For People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement provides an overview of the many different facets of testing including the design and use of tests and some of the basic social, political, and legal issues that the process of testing involves. This engaging text introduces students to advanced issues and explains why those topics are important.

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Neil J. Salkind is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas where he taught in the Department of Educational Psychology for more than 35 years. His interest is in writing about statistics and research methods in an informative, non-intimidating and non-condescending way and is also the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (the Excel Edition), Excel Statistics: A Quick Guide, Encyclopedia of Research Design, and 100 Questions (and Answers) about Research Methods, all with SAGE.

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"What is amazing about this text is how it takes some very difficult material (particularly around reliability and validity, z-scores, etc.) and makes it easily understandable by an undergraduate student. Just as in his statistics book, Salkind has a genius for conveying difficult material in everyday language that engages the reader. This is the perfect text for any research methods instructor who has struggled with making testing and measurement concepts both understandable and FUN." -- John Q. Hodges, University of Missouri, Columbia "The distinguishing factor with this book is the illustrative material. The "Tech Talk" boxes are helpful for students to quickly get the grasp of a concept and find it to review later. The new vocabulary in tests and measurements is often an obstacle, and these boxes help tremendously.... If there is a tests and measurements book that can enlighten and entertain, this book is the one." -- Joseph Matthews, Brigham Young University "The author does a wonderful job conveying concepts clearly and with panache. Undergraduate audiences will be able to follow but not be bored. The book has a strong, consistent voice and I really enjoyed this and felt well cared for as a reader. The discussion on reliability and validity, for example, is better integrated and therefore more useful than any methods text I have read.... It's true. I hate tests but I liked this book." -- Christopher P. Bettinger, San Francisco State University "Salkind's book may not make test-taking painless, but it certainly makes learning about tests and measurements less painful. The book is a simple, informative, and easy-to-read introduction to all the basics of what seemed previously to be a difficult subject." -- Denise von Herrmann, The University of Southern Mississippi"

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