Manual of Mental and Physical Tests: A Book of Directions Compiled with Special Reference to the Experimental Study of School Children in the Laboratory Or Classroom, Part 2

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Warwick & York, 1910 - Education - 534 pages
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"Hitherto the literature of mental and physical tests has been scattered in numerous journals; the results obtained by different investigators have too often not been compared; indeed, in many cases where the methods have been divergent, comparison has been impossible. In consequence, there have been no recognized standards of procedure and none of performance. Nevertheless, I believe that the time has now come for the taking of an account of stock, and for the systematization of the available materials. This conviction, which is the outgrowth of my own interest in the experimental study of mental capacities, an interest that has been with me during the past ten years, has been confirmed by many suggestions from colleagues and friends, who have pointed out that a manual of directions for mental tests would meet a real need, and might further the cause of investigation. I began, in March, 1906, to prepare a small handbook of mental tests. The impossibility of adequate treatment of the subject in small compass has, however, necessitated the expansion of that early undertaking into the present work. In the introductory sections of the volume, I have sought to show the general purposes of mental tests, to lay down rules for their conduct, and to explain the methods of treating data. In this connection I discuss the calculation of measures of general tendency, measures of variability, indexes of correlation, and other statistical constants. In the body of the volume, I have brought together, for specific treatment, some fifty of the most promising tests. In every case, my plan has been to sketch the development of the test, to prescribe a standard form of apparatus and method of procedure, to explain the treatment of the data secured, and to set forth the results and conclusions thus far obtained. The tests that I have selected may not prove, ultimately, to be those of most value, but they are, I think, numerous enough, and varied enough in type, to furnish a working basis for investigations for some time to come"--Pref. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).
 

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Contents

Distribution of Terms in Uncontrolled Association Jastrow Nevers Calkins
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Influences which affect Uncontrolled Series of Words or Draw ings Flournoy
318
PartWholes GenusSpecies and Opposites
319
Normal Performance in the PartWholes Test Norsworthy
321
Normal Performance in the GenusSpecies Test Norsworthy
322
Normal Performance in the Opposites Test Norsworthy
326
Computation
327
Correlation of Opposite Tests with other Tests Aikins Thorn dike and Hubbell
328
Five 10Minute Periods Schulze
336
Efficiency in Computation within a School Session Laser
337
Additions made per Pupil with and without a RestPause BurgersteinSchulze
338
Effect of Pauses upon Computation Friedrich
339
Effect of Fatigue on Arithmetical Work in Evening Schools Winch
340
HabitFormation in MirrorDrawing
343
Effect of Practise on Speed in MirrorDrawing Whipple
346
Substitution
350
Substitution Test Number of Symbols Written Form B Group Method Whipple
353
Substitution Test Bright and Dull Boys Individual Method Whipple
354
Rote Memory
356
Logical Memory
394
Tests of Suggestibility
404
Suggestion by the SizeWeight Illusion
405
Test 41Suggestion by Progressive Weights
410
Suggestion by Progressive Lines
414
Suggestion of LineLengths by Personal Influence
419
Test 44Suggestion by Illusion of Warmth
423
InkBlots
430
WordBuilding
441
Interpretation of Fables 454
454
Average Vocabulary in Relation to Scholastic Status Kirk
461
Range of Information 465
465
1905 Series
473
Results for 25 Children in the BinetSimon Tests Decroly
491
1908 Series
493
Critique of the 1908 BinetSimon Tests Decroly and Degand
515
List of Materials
519
Index of Subjects
530
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