CSUN PSY 427 - Test Administration (24 pages)

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Psy 427 - Intro Psy Testing

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Psy 427 Cal State Northridge Andrew Ainsworth PhD Psy 427 Cal State Northridge When we talk about reliability we are interested in random sources of error Observed Score True Score Error When tests are actually administered however there are other sources of error aside from random error 2 Psy 427 Cal State Northridge Rapport Ethnicity Language Training of Test Administrators Expectancy Effects Use of Reinforcers Computer Assisted Testing Subject Variables 3 Psy 427 Cal State Northridge Importance of establishing rapport Feldman Sullivan 1960 WISC Enhanced rapport vs neutral rapport younger children through grade 3 did not benefit from enhanced rapport Older children grades 5 9 produced higher IQ scores under enhanced rapport Enhanced Rapport mean IQ of 122 Neutral Rapport mean IQ of 109 4 Psy 427 Cal State Northridge Children score lower on IQ test when the administrator made disapproving comments I thought you could do better then when administrators made neutral or positive comments Witmer Bernstein and Dunham 1971 Children unfamiliar with the administrator did significantly worse on a reading test compared to children familiar with the administrator DeRosa and Patalano 1991 5 Psy 427 Cal State Northridge Importance of establishing rapport Fuchs Fuchs 1986 meta analysis 22 studies involving 1489 children 4 IQ point increase when the examiner was familiar with the test taker in general 7 6 IQ point increase when familiarity and lower SES co occurred 6 Psy 427 Cal State Northridge Importance of establishing rapport Self report vs interview of attitudinal surveys People disclose MORE on self report than they do to interviewers People disclose MORE to computers than they do to human interviewers Conclusions Rapport is important in situations that are not viewed as personal or those typically subject to social desirability 7 Psy 427 Cal State Northridge Should children of one ethnicity be tested only by test administrators of the same ethnicity Majority of studies



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