This course provides an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques involved in selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting psychological tests. Validity, reliability, standardization, norms and ethical issues are covered in the measurement of intellect, aptitude, achievement, interest and personality. Learning strategies include test demonstrations. Students take, score (where possible) and interpret several different tests.
- Define reliability, validity, norms and standardization.
- Describe and defend your own position on the use of psychological tests.
- Describe methods of classifying tests including individual vs. group, speed vs. power, cognitive vs. affective and verbal vs. non-verbal.
- Describe sound ethical practices.
- Distinguish among achievement, special ability, intelligence and personality tests.
- Identify the historical roots of psychological measurement.
- List sources of test information.
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.