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Construction of the Multi-Mental Scale: Introduction and Summary


by William A. McCall & And His Students 1925

THE basic idea of the Multi-Mental Scale occurred to the writer as a by-product from some irrelevant experiments in 1916.1 The idea received its first manifestation in the Woody-McCall Mixed Fundamentals in Arithmetic Test, and was fortified by Whipple's and Coy's experiments with this test. That the idea had value received further confirmation from Thurstone's experiments with cycle-omnibus tests for high school and college students. It gathered additional impetus from Pressey's experiments with "Cross-Out" tests, and from May's experiments with examinations in psychology. The idea took definite form in Peking, 1922, while the writer was supervising the preparation of a Chinese Non-Language Intelligence Test. At this time most of the features of the present Multi-Mental Scale and most of the novel techniques employed in its construction were developed. Upon his return to America, the writer learned that Dr. Vincent was working on that aspect of the same problem which relates to the quantitative determination of the validity of test items. It developed, however, that two lines of development were being followed, different enough to justify continuance by both and close enough to make conferences mutually helpful.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 27 Number 5, 1925, p. 394-394
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5927, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 3:05:52 AM

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