In this presentation, students will first provide an introduction, noting population of interest and a rationale for the instrument chosen (e.g. what are the needs of this population? Why did you select this instrument? What is your experience with this instrument? Why would this instrument be useful for this population?). The introduction should be grounded in the scholarly literature on the issues, population, etc. Keep this introduction brief; 2-3 slides at most.
Next, students will evaluate the instrument by answering the prompts provided in the table below:
Assessment Instrument Evaluation Prompts Instrument title Provide full title, including revision number and/or acronym Instrument description Provide a brief description of the instrument. Constructs measured What constructs are measured? For example, alcohol use, level of suicidal intent? Age range What age range is the instrument designed for? Note all possible versions. Administration/ scoring Paper and pencil? Computer? Self-scoring? Note all possible versions. Administration time How long to take instrument? Note all possible versions. Level of training required to administer and interpret instrument Master’s degree or higher required? A, B, or C level? Is there a difference between level of training required for administering and interpreting the instrument? Research background How was this instrument developed? How much research has been done on this instrument? Provide a summary and a few citations as applicable. Reliability information Provide a brief summary of reliability data, including numerical information as applicable, e.g. reliability coefficients. Validity information Provide a brief summary of validity data, including numerical information as applicable, e.g. validity coefficients. Diversity issues If applicable, what do you know about the norming group? How might this instrument fit the unique needs of diverse clients/ students? For example, can this instrument be used with non-English speaking clients/ students? Potential ethical/ legal issues in using this instrument List a few examples that apply (e.g. competence, right to results, IDEA issues).
Assessment Instrument Evaluation Prompts Potential issues when communicating the results to clients/ students, etc. List a few examples that apply, (e.g. intended purpose of instrument, using tentative rather than absolute language). Developer/ publisher List contact information Necessary purchases What items are needed and what are the costs of these items? Other List any other important information (as applicable) Overall evaluation In a brief summary, note possible benefits of the instrument as compared to possible limitations and provide your opinion on how this instrument might be useful for the respective population/ construct. • In compiling this information, students should make use of professional instrument reviews (e.g. Buros website, Mental Measurements Yearbook, instrument manual, and/ or other scholarly reviews of the instrument, i.e. journal article). We will learn more about these resources in class.
Students are highly encouraged to make use of the Mental Measurement Yearbook database. This database can be accessed through the Library Guide within the Blackboard Course. • Please note, students should not simply copy the information from the sources directly into the presentation but provide a summary of the most important information in their own words and cite references as appropriate on each slide, and within a reference list. • Finally, students will conclude with a summary of what they gained from this overall process. This summary should address 2 areas: • First, students should provide concluding thoughts about the instrument (e.g. what do you think about this instrument after having reviewed it in-depth? How might this instrument be useful for their population/ issues? How might this instrument be used with other instruments?) • Next, students will want to comment on their personal learning experience with this assignment (e.g. How did this process help you gain knowledge and skill in evaluating assessment instruments? How confident are you in evaluating instruments for use with clients/ students?). Keep this conclusion section brief; 2- 3 slides at most.
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