Using Tests to Study People's Responses: What Do the Scores Mean?

Ariadna Angulo-Brunet (Open University of Catalonia, Spain) and Oscar Lecuona (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 118
EISBN13: 9781668471739|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4523-5.ch006
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In applied research in communication and journalism, as well as in other related sciences, it is common to use tests to assess unobservable constructs. The scores of these tests frequently need to be given meaning and interpreted, and their psychometric properties need to be reported as part of the study process or because the peer review procedure requires it. This chapter reviews the validity evidence required to give meaning to the scores of a study. It also provides practical examples from the literature, material for understanding the techniques to be applied, and an overview of best practices when using tests.
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