Using a meaning-based approach that emphasizes the “why” over the “how to,” Psychometrics: An Introduction provides thorough coverage of fundamental issues in psychological measurement. Author R. Michael Furr discusses traditional psychometric perspectives and issues including reliability, validity, dimensionality, test bias, and response bias as well as advanced procedures and perspectives including item response theory and generalizability theory. The substantially updated Third Edition includes broader and more in-depth coverage with new references, a glossary summarizing over 200 key terms, and expanded suggested readings consisting of highly relevant papers to enhance the book’s overall accessibility, scope, and usability for both instructors and students.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
Expanded depth and breadth of coverage of key issues in psychometrics, including summaries of relevant statistical packages, introduces readers to a wide range of important concepts, principles, and procedures.
Enhanced clarity and accessibility further helps facilitate students’ ability to understand and appreciate the diverse and often highly technical material in psychometric theory.
A glossary summarizing over 200 key terms assists readers with identifying and understanding definitions.
Updated and expanded references allow readers to review original sources underlying psychometrics and access the latest developments in the literature.
Additional end-of-chapter suggested readings give students more opportunities to explore content in greater depth to enhance their learning.
Accompanying PowerPoint® slides are available to instructors to make teaching easier.
Information is presented in a clear conversational writing style that does not compromise the academic integrity of the material.
Practical applications are highlightedthrough examples to enhance readers' appreciation of the importance of psychometrics.
Statistical procedures are introduced in the context of their use, rather than in a separate chapter, for a more intuitive approach to understanding the material.
Integration of statistics with a discussion of their use as tools to solve particular psychometric problems encourages a more complete understanding of both.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Psychometrics and the Importance of Psychological Measurement
PART I. BASIC CONCEPTS IN MEASUREMENT
Chapter 2: Scaling
Chapter 3: Individual Differences and Correlations
Chapter 4: Test Dimensionality and Factor Analysis
PART II. RELIABILITY
Chapter 5: Reliability: Conceptual Basis
Chapter 6: Empirical Estimates of Reliability
Chapter 7: The Importance of Reliability
PART III. VALIDITY
Chapter 8: Validity: Conceptual Basis
Chapter 9: Estimating and Evaluating Convergent and Discriminant Validity Evidence
PART IV. THREATS TO PSYCHOMETRIC QUALITY
Chapter 10: Response Biases
Chapter 11: Test Bias
PART V. ADVANCED PSYCHOMETRIC APPROACHES
Chapter 12: Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Chapter 13: Generalizability Theory
Chapter 14: Item Response Theory and Rasch Models