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ERIC Number: ED127509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-14
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Psychological Assessment--An Elixir or an Illusion for the Practitioner.
Moore, C. L.
Testing has been perceived as a panacea, an elixir for obtaining data on innate human abilities. Since the empirical research and the experience of clinicians has not been fully able to meet this expectation adequately, assessment has been ascribed the quality of having an illusionary nature. Hence, it has been proposed by various factions in the professional as well as the lay community that a moratorium on testing be instituted, or that testing be abolished forthwith. Every component practitioner who is well versed in the theoretical concepts of measurement acknowledges the limitations and strengths of test instruments. These instruments are neither an elixir nor illusionary in nature. They are the best of what is available, given our present state of knowledge. It is imperative that academicians and practitioners be cognizant of the fact that the test instruments are only as good as the practitioner who uses them. (Author/KRP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 11-14, 1976); for related document, see CG 010 732