Social Psychology Notebook Assignment Questions -- Semester Two 2018-2019

Notebook Assignment #1 (Assigned 1/29/19 )

Essay Question:  Using full and complete sentences write a narrative response telling about a time when you took a test that you felt was unfair.  Explain why you felt that the test was unfair and what would have been a more fair method of testing.  DO NOT IDENTIFY A TEACHER OR INSTRUCTOR’S NAME IN YOUR RESPONSE.  You are to focus on the test itself, not on the classroom teacher.  This is due on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Notebook Assignment #2 (Assigned 2/5/19 )

Read pages 343-347 (Characteristics of Psychological Tests) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 2/6/19.

  1. Define the following: reliability, validity, percentile system, norms
  2. In order for a test to be fair and useful it must be what?  (Hint: there are three things.)
  3. List and explain three ways in which a test’s reliability may be measured.
  4. Say you took a test that showed you are better at math than 60% of everyone else who took the test.  You took the test again a month later, and it said you are better than 61% of others who took the test.  Is this test reliable? Explain why or why not.
  5. What is one of the chief methods of measuring validity?
  6. What two things does standardization refer to?
  7. If you scored at the 60th percentile on a standardized test, what does this mean?

Notebook Assignment #3 (Assigned 2/7/19 )

Read pages 348-357 (Intelligence Testing) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 2/8/19.

  1. Define the following: intelligence, two-factor theory, triarchic theory, emotional intelligence, intelligence quotient (IQ), heritability, cultural bias
  2. According to Charles Spearman, what two factors contribute to a person’s intelligence?
  3. L.L. Thurstone proposed that intelligence is composed of seven primary mental abilities.  What are these abilities?
  4. According to Howard Gardner, what is body-kinesthetic ability?
  5. According to Robert Sternberg’s triarchic theory, what kind of thinking is required to deal with a situation you have never before encountered?
  6. What type of intelligence includes the ability to use emotions while thinking?
  7. Why was the first IQ test developed?
  8. What did Alfred Binet use as a basis for selecting test items?
  9. What was Alfred Binet’s definition of a “slow learner”?
  10. How was IQ originally computed?
  11. In general, the way norms are established for intelligence tests, most people score near what number?
  12. What issues are at the heart of the debate about IQ testing?
  13. What did studies of identical twins separated at birth show about genes and intelligence?
  14. What might cause cultural bias on an intelligence test? 

Notebook Assignment #4 (Assigned 2/13/19)

Read pages 359-362 (Measuring Achievement, Abilities, and Interests) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 2/14/19.

  1. Define the following: aptitude test, achievement test, interest test
  2. What do aptitude tests try to measure?
  3. If you took the GATB, what would the results tell you?
  4. What is the SAT designed to predict?
  5. How are achievement and aptitude tests usually distinguished from each other?
  6. What is an adaptive test?  What is its purpose?
  7. What is the purpose of an interest test?
  8. How are the questions on interest tests fundamentally different from those on intelligence tests?
  9. How does an interest test predict that you will enjoy a particular occupation?

Notebook Assignment #5 (Assigned 2/20/19)

Read pages 363-368 (Personality Testing) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 2/21/19.

  1. Define the following: personality test, objective test, projective test
  2. What are personality tests used for?
  3. Why are objective personality tests called “forced-choice” tests?
  4. What was the MMPI designed to do?
  5. How did the test makers select items for the MMPI?
  6. What was the CPI developed to do?
  7. How does the Meyers-Briggs test characterize personality?
  8. How do the questions on projective personality tests differ from those on objective tests?
  9. What does the Rorschach test use as its projective device?
  10. What is the theory behind the Rorschach test?
  11. On the TAT, what are test takers asked to do?
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