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Instrument Development in the Affective Domain

School and Corporate Applications

  • D. Betsy McCoach
  • Robert K. Gable
  • John P. Madura

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. D. Betsy McCoach, Robert K. Gable, John P. Madura
    Pages 1-32
  3. D. Betsy McCoach, Robert K. Gable, John P. Madura
    Pages 33-90
  4. D. Betsy McCoach, Robert K. Gable, John P. Madura
    Pages 91-107
  5. D. Betsy McCoach, Robert K. Gable, John P. Madura
    Pages 109-161
  6. D. Betsy McCoach, Robert K. Gable, John P. Madura
    Pages 163-208
  7. D. Betsy McCoach, Robert K. Gable, John P. Madura
    Pages 249-276
  8. D. Betsy McCoach, Robert K. Gable, John P. Madura
    Pages 277-284
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 285-307

About this book

Introduction

Whether the concept being studied is job satisfaction, self-efficacy, or student motivation, values and attitudes--affective characteristics--provide crucial keys to how individuals think, learn, and behave. And not surprisingly, as measurement of these traits gains importance in the academic and corporate worlds, there is an ongoing need for valid, scientifically sound instruments.

For those involved in creating self-report measures, the completely updated Third Edition of Instrument Development in the Affective Domain balances the art and science of instrument development and evaluation, covering both its conceptual and technical aspects. The book is written to be accessible with the minimum of statistical background, and reviews affective constructs from a measurement standpoint. Examples are drawn from academic and business settings for insights into design as well as the relevance of affective measures to educational and corporate testing. This systematic analysis of all phases of the design process includes: 

  • Measurement, scaling, and item-writing techniques.
  • Validity issues: collecting evidence based on instrument content.
  • Testing the internal structure of an instrument: exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. 
  • Measurement invariance and other advanced methods for examining internal structure.
  • Strengthening the validity argument: relationships to external variables.
  • Addressing reliability issues. 

As a graduate co urse between covers and an invaluable professional tool, the Third Edition of Instrument Development in the Affective Domain will be hailed as a bedrock resource by researchers and students in psychology, education, and the social sciences, as well as human resource professionals in the corporate world.

Keywords

Likert's rating scale technique Lost letter technique Rasch model Thurstone scale affective characteristics in school affective constructs affective instrument information error technique measuring self-efficacy response latency tests scaling techniques self-efficacy self-esteem in school environments sequential evaluative printing the semantic differential scale

Authors and affiliations

  • D. Betsy McCoach
    • 1
  • Robert K. Gable
    • 2
  • John P. Madura
    • 3
  1. 1.Educational Psychology DepartmentUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate SchoolJohnson & Wales UniversityStorrsUSA
  3. 3., Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7135-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7134-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7135-6
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