ERIC Number: ED124677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Psychological Testing of American Minorities: Issues and Consequences.
Samuda, Ronald J.
Not intended to be a technical piece of work in the sense of psychometric innovation, this volume presents a synthesis and summary of over four hundred highly selected reference sources. The objective is to present a gestalt of the perspectives, pitfalls, fallacies, issues, consequences, and trends in the use of standardized norm-referenced tests with American minorities. The book deals more with social justice than with psychometrics, and is intended to signify and delineate in summary form the important ways in which psychological testing can and does impede the parity of American minorities and deny then access to and participation in the goods of the society. Six chapters included are as follows: the testing controversy, technical problems in the appraisal of behavior, nature and nurture, environmental factors influencing test performance, educational and social consequences, and alternatives to traditional tests. The compendium of tests included as an appendix at the end of the book comprises a collection of all instruments designed for those persons, who, by virtue of cultural or socioeconomic differences, veer from the white Anglo-Saxon mainstream of American society. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Policy, Environmental Influences, Ethnic Groups, Minority Group Children, Minority Groups, Nature Nurture Controversy, Nontraditional Education, Norm Referenced Tests, Performance Factors, Policy Formation, Psychological Testing, Public Policy, Research Problems, Social Action, Standardized Tests, Test Bias, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Validity, Testing Problems
Dodd, Mead & Co. Inc., 79 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016 ($6.95)
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