Mental testing. Its history, principles, and applications


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Reviews the book, Mental testing. Its history, principles, and applications by Florence L. Goodenough (1949). This volume represents a many-sided contribution to the field of psychological testing. It is in one sense a critical evaluation of the theories and assumptions, the advantages and shortcomings of the test as an investigative method in psychological science. In another sense it provides a philosophy for the judicious application of test procedures in clinics, schools, industries and social agencies. And in still another sense the book is an insistent reminder to those who use tests that future progress in this field, however greatly needed, can be achieved only through slow, painstaking, systematic research. Because it is written by one who has for many years identified herself with the construction and application of psychological tests, the volume can hardly fail to influence its readers. It is Goodenough's purpose, in this volume, to bring the theoretical principles underlying test procedures to two groups: to students of testing and to professional workers who do not administer tests but who depend heavily upon test results. It is the reviewer's opinion that this book should be required reading for both groups. If students and professional workers alike could acquire something of the wise, critical, dispassionate attitude toward psychological testing which permeates this volume, then the early promise of the test as a psychological method might yet be fulfilled. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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