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The Cultural Context of Construct Validity and the Ethics of Generalizability

Laosa, Luis M.
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ETS Research Report
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Construct Validity, Cultural Differences, Ethics, Test Validity


This article considers the mutual relevance of four themes: cultural diversity, construct validity, population generalizability, and professional ethics. Questions regarding construct validity are considered in the context of both measurement and intervention. The implications of the existence and the absence of empirical evidence on which to base validity generalizations are considered in reference to decision making in the provision of services. Ethical dilemmas that arise from these considerations, which face the applied professional in a culturally diverse society, are discussed within an emerging framework for resolving them. Previous research is reviewed to illustrate validity generalization limits. Also included are an assessment of research needs and a discussion of future directions for research and evaluation. (21pp.)

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