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Testing, Assessment, and Cultural Variation: Challenges in Evaluating Knowledge Claims

Craig L. Frisby

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199796304.013.0007

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Testing, Assessment, and Cultural Variation: Challenges in Evaluating Knowledge Claims

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The academic and psychometric literature is filled with many competing knowledge claims related to the confidence with which cognitive and personality tests can be selected, administered, and interpreted with test-takers from culturally diverse groups. There are three broad sources of knowledge claims that can inform consumers about the appropriateness of test usage with individuals from culturally different examinees: (1) conclusions drawn from high-quality empirical research, (2) claims and criticisms embedded in sociopolitical ideologies and crusades, and (3) ethical and legal professional testing standards. Major claims from each of these sources are identified and summarized, followed by an analysis of the compatibility and conflict between information emanating from these knowledge sources.

Keywords: cognitive and personality testing; assessment; legal and ethical test standards; cultural groups; test bias

Article.  15164 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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