Class Psychometry I

  • Presentation


    This curricular unit (UC) presents psychometrics discipline, emphasizing the articulation between the psychology and statistics. It is an essential UC for the academic and professional training of future psychologists since it aims to enable students with knowledge and skills about psychologycal assessment, being this a common activity of different Psychology fields. Also, through the study of the measure in Psychology, this UC allows the introduction of skills for the development, validation and application of psychological tests.


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  • Syllabus


    1. Psychometrics and the importance of measurement in psychology

    1.1. Definition of psychometry and differentiation of psychological evaluation

    1.2. Emergence and historical evolution

    1.3. Classical Theory of Tests (TCT) and Item Response Theory (TRI)

    2. Psychometric tests

    2.1. Characterization, advantages and limitations

    2.2. Classification of psychometric tests

    2.3. Requirements of psychometric tests: normalization, standardization and psychometric qualities (definition): validity, reliability and sensitivity

    2.4. Advantages and limits of computerization of questionnaires

    3. Considerations regarding the application of psychometrics

    3.1. Scope of application of psychometrics

    3.2. Requirements and competences: human, technical and scientific competences; competence and ethical and deontological principles

    3.3. Considerations regarding the specificities of the targets and application contexts



  • Objectives


    As goals of this UC, it is expected that the student:

    Recognize the theoretical and empirical foundations of measurement in psychology and identify its limitations, advantages and specificities; 

    Acknowledge the fundamentals of measurement theory and test theory;

    Acquire knowledge regarding the need to use standardized measures;

    Develop competences related to obtaining values of standardization and interpretation of different types of standards; 

    Recognize the importance of the main concepts regarding the fidelity, validity and sensitivity of the measures;

    Make informed decisions about the psychometric characteristics of the measures; 

    Identify the main human, technical, scientific and ethical skills involved in the use of psychometrics.


  • References


    Gregory, R. (2011).  Psychological Testing: History, principles and applications. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

    Shultz, K., Whitney, D., & Zickar, M., (2014). Measurement Theory in Action: Case Studies and Exercises, New York: Routledge.

    Urbina, S. (2014). Essentials of Psychological Testing, New Jersey: Wiley.


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