In this issue
What's new in books
By Richard McCleary, David McDowall, and Bradley Bartos
Published in June 2017 by Oxford University Press ($99.00 hardback; $45.00 paperback; e-books also available)
This book covers recent developments and new techniques for the design and analysis of time series experiments. It also reviews well-established methods, statistical models, and design considerations for casual inference. The inclusion of statistics and models are non-technical and suitable for individuals who have experience with introductory statistics courses only, as it is designed to be accessible to researchers and students alike. Numerous examples are included and could be used for instructional purposes.
“Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches”
By Patricia Leavy
Published April 2017 by Guilford Press ($90.00 hardback; $45.00 paperback; e-books also available)
Leavey provides a step-by-step guide to research design and conceptualization in an accessible new book. The book covers five major approaches to research design: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and participatory research. Each chapter describes a method in detail, providing content ranging from a template for how to write a research proposal to an explanation of relevant terminology to a consideration of ethnic decision-making. Current events and examples from cross-disciplinary research are provided. The book can serve as an introduction to conducting a research study, testing the reader's knowledge along the way.
“Applying Test Equating Methods: Using R”
By Jorge Gonzalez and Marie Wiberg
Published March 2017 by Springer ($99.99 hardback; e-books also available)
This book demonstrates traditional and modern equating methods, through the use of the increasingly-popular analysis software R. Innovative equating methods and practical guidelines are provided for the implementation of test equating. Topics range from linear equating and chain equating to kernel equating and Bayesian estimation of equating functions. Examples and simulations are included of the application of various test equating methods using R, a free and non-commercial software. The book also illustrates criteria to evaluate methods of test equating and provides guidelines for how to selecting a method to implement.
”Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement“ Third Edition
By Neil J. Salkind
Published April 2017 by SAGE Publications, Inc. ($90.00 paperback, e-books also available)
A straightforward introduction to tests and measurement, this book makes assessment feel accessible. Categories, design and use of tests are discussed, along with issues related to social political and legal concerns related to testing. The third edition includes a new chapter about item response theory and sections about neuropsychological testing, along with new examples and illustrations to explain the topics. This book serves students and teachers well by introducing the topics in plain language and including tools for practice and additional online resources.
Guidelines for the “What's New?” Column:
Have you published a new psychological test or testing product; a book on advanced statistics, measurement, or evaluation; an interesting website or other Internet group related to measurement, statistics, or evaluation; or a computer program useful to Div. 5 membership? If so, we would like to include an announcement of about 100 words in the “What's New” column.
We would also appreciate any suggestions, or feedback, on how this section of the newsletter can better serve the Div. 5 membership. Please take the opportunity to share information with colleagues through your contributions to this column. Please send announcements and/or product literature to The Score associate editor, Joanna Solomon.