ERIC Number: ED391112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-30
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Assessment. ERIC Digest.
Sedlacek, William E.; Kim, Sue H.
More valid assessments for multicultural populations would help counseling professionals better serve their clients and improve the lives of many people whose backgrounds and experiences may differ from those of White clients. Four common misuses of multicultural contexts are: (1) assuming that labeling something solves the problem; (2) using measures normed on White populations to assess non-White people; (3) ignoring the cultural assumptions that go into the creation of assessment devices; and (4) not considering the implications of the use of measures with clients from various racial and cultural groups. Some suggestions for improving multicultural assessments are: (1) concentrate on empirical and operational definitions of groups, not just labels; (2) identify measures specifically designed for multicultural groups; (3) encourage the consideration of cultural factors in the earliest conceptual stages of instrument development; and (4) increase opportunities for an exchange of information between those with quantitative training in instrument development and those with an interest and expertise in multicultural issues. Research on the validity and reliability of measures for specific multicultural groups is needed. (JBJ)
Descriptors: Bias, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Fair Tests, Ethnic Bias, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems, Evaluation Research, Intercultural Communication, Personality Assessment, Psychological Evaluation, Racial Bias, Sex Bias, Test Bias, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Testing
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.