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Ch 4: Assessment & Problem Analysis in School Psychology

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Use this chapter to review the various assessments employed in psychology. The assessment types and purposes are covered in the chapter's video and text lessons.

Assessment & Problem Analysis in School Psychology - Chapter Summary

The different categories of psychological assessments such as projective tests, inventories and aptitude tests are reviewed in this chapter. You'll see lessons containing information on the difference between informal and formal assessments and also the distinction between the formal assessment types of pencil-paper and performance assessments. Behavioral and cognitive assessments and their limitations are also discussed in the chapter.

Special education considerations are further covered in this chapter and include the usefulness of ecological assessments in crafting an Individualized Education Program (IEP). You'll also come across a discussion of how technology has affected decision making and data collection. Some chapter objectives include:

  • Distinguishing informal assessment from formal assessment
  • Discussing the Five Areas Model used by cognitive behavioral therapists
  • Defining curriculum-based assessment and providing examples
  • Explaining what an ecological assessment is and how it is used
  • Differentiating between product and process performance assessments
  • Discussing how technology has impacted decision making processes
  • Identifying different kinds of ongoing data collection

We use brief and engaging video lessons to make learning and reviewing the material more fun and effective for you. Our videos feature tags for you to quickly jump between specific video segments that you want to spend additional time reviewing. You will also find that each of our videos has a lesson transcript that corresponds with it.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Assessment & Problem Analysis in School Psychology
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Types of Assessments Used in Psychology

1. Types of Assessments Used in Psychology

Psychological assessments are tests that are meant to analyze a person's abilities or personality. In this lesson, we'll examine some common types of psychological tests, including projective tests, inventories, and aptitude tests.

Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations

2. Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations

Sometimes, faulty thought and behavior patterns cause psychological problems. To uncover the cause of the problems, some psychologists use cognitive and behavioral assessments. We'll look closer at those types of assessments and how they are used.

Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

3. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.

Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

4. Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

Playing a musical instrument, creating a spreadsheet and performing in a play are all activities that many of us engage in on a regular basis. These activities are also examples of ways teachers assess a student's mastery of a subject in educational settings. This lesson will define performance-based assessments and discuss the various uses of performance assessments in the classroom.

Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

5. Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

Curriculum-based assessment, also called curriculum-based measurement (CBM), is a powerful tool for testing and measuring student progress. This lesson introduces you to CBM and provides examples of the assessments you can use.

Special Education and Ecological Assessments

6. Special Education and Ecological Assessments

An ecological assessment is one type of assessment that is used to help students that have special needs. In this lesson, we discuss ecological assessments, what they entail, and how they are used.

Using Technology to Enhance Data Collection & Decision Making

7. Using Technology to Enhance Data Collection & Decision Making

Anyone who works in a school needs to have tools for collecting data to inform decision making. This lesson will address different technologies that can help in the collection and organization process.

Assessing the Quality & Effectiveness of Academic, Mental Health & System-Level Services

8. Assessing the Quality & Effectiveness of Academic, Mental Health & System-Level Services

In this lesson, we will identify strategies for assessing the quality and effectiveness of academic, mental health & system-level services from the perspective of a consumer of these services.

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