EDC 540

ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING

Spring, 2000

Professor: Dr. Kim Brown, Recitation 210D, ext. 6971: E-Mail- BrownKsb@aol.com.

Office Hours: WF, 9:15-10:00/ MWF , 12:00-1:00/ M, 6:15-7:15.

Introduction: This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to integrate their theory of

counseling with theories and principles of evaluation and measurement.

Goals: Students will make appropriate decisions concerning:

1. The psychometric characteristics of assessment instruments.

2. Test selection procedures.

3. Comprehensive assessment strategies.

4. Current issues and trends in assessment, including legal and ethical issues, multi cultural issues,

performance based education, and clients with special needs.

Objectives: The student will demonstrate the ability to:

Psychometrics:

1.1 describe types of reliability and validity.

1.2 discuss the relationship between reliability and validity.

1.3 describe factors affecting reliability and validity.

1.4 describe the appropriate use of measures of central tendency, relationship, and variability.

1.5 prepare and interpret frequency distributions

1.6 describe properties of the normal curve, skewed distributions, and standardized scores.

Test Selection:

2.1 describe the role of reliability, validity, and norm groups in the test selection process.

2.2 distinguish between norm- and criterion-referenced assessment.

2.3 describe various types of behavioral assessment ane their appropriate uses.

2.4 evaluate the appropriate use of a test, given a particular purpose and population of students.

Assessment Strategies:

3.1 describe the impact of theory on assessment strategies.

3.2 administer appropriate tests, score, and interpret test results.

Current Issues in Assessment:

4.1 discuss current research findings regarding the assessment of students with special needs.

4.2 discuss the implications of cultural, ethnic and gender differences on the evaluation process.

4.3 discuss the counselor's role in the assessment process.

Evaluation Procedure: Objectives will be assessed through classroom tests, homework assignments, and projects.

100 points: multiple choice and short answer exam assessing objectives 1.1 through 1.6.

100 points: essay and short answer final exam to assess all objectives.

100 points: classroom presentation on a selected topic of interest.

75 points: position paper articulating the student's theory of counseling and the influences of that model on

the assessment process.

25 points: description of Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print

Homework will be assigned as appropriate.

Grades will be assigned according to the WCU grading policy presented in the WCU Handbook.

Required Text:

References

Anastasi, A. (Latest Edition). Psychological testing. New York: MacMillan.

Worthen, B. R., Borg, W. R., & White, K. R. (1993). Measurement and evaluation in the schools. New York:

Longman.