At the 1933 meeting of this group we presented a brief discussion of a proposed new departure in the field of mental measurements. At that time we pointed out the rather widespread dissatisfaction with current types of mental and educational tests. The first criticism was based upon the lack of agreement of test theory with the best psychological knowledge. Another criticism dealt with the fact that tests (especially educational tests) tended to emphasize the measurement of mere possession of knowledge rather than the functional significance of such knowledge. Finally, it was noted that the primary concern of the psychologist in test building was to study the behavior of minds, and that to expect to study such behavior through an instrument not constructed in the light of our best knowledge of how the mind works was, in itself, an invalid procedure.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1934 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Feder, D. D.
"A New Departure in Mental Measurements,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 41(1), 295-298.
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