Human Assessment and Cultural Factors

  • S. H. Irvine
  • John W. Berry

Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction

  3. Introduction

  4. Introduction

  5. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Douglas N. Jackson, George M. Guthrie, Estella Astilla, Bettye Elwood
      Pages 365-375
    3. George M. Guthrie, Douglas N. Jackson, Estella Astilla, Bettye Elwood
      Pages 377-392
    4. Jerry D. Boucher
      Pages 407-420
    5. Ernest D. McDaniel, Wanye Soong
      Pages 445-455
  6. Introduction

  7. Introduction

About this book


Against the background of NATO's Istanbul conference of 1971 (Cronbach and Drenth, 1972), the Kingston conference shows that great progress has been made by the community of cross-cultural psychologists. The progress is as much in the psychology of the investigators as in the investigations being reported. In 1971 the investigators were mostly strangers to each other. Behind their reports lay radically different field experiences, disparate research traditions, and mutually contradictory social ideals. Istanbul was not a Tower of Babel, but participants did speak past each other. Now a community exists, thanks to the meetings of NATO and the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, to flourishing journals, and the Triandis et a1. (1980) Handbook. The members tend to know each other, can anticipate how their formu­ lations will fallon the ears of others, and accept superficially divergent approaches as making up a collective enterprise. Ten years ago there was open conflict between those who con­ fronted exotic peoples with traditional tests and applied tradi­ tional interpretations to the responses, and the relativists who insisted that tasks, test taking, and interpretation cannot be "standardized" in the ways that matter. Today's investigators are conscious of the need to revalidate tasks carried into alien settings; they often prefer to redesign the mode of presentation and to attune the subject to test taking. They face the diffi­ culties squarely and recognize that even the best means of coping are only partially successful.


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Editors and affiliations

  • S. H. Irvine
    • 1
  • John W. Berry
    • 2
  1. 1.Plymouth PolytechnicPlymouth, DevonUK
  2. 2.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-2153-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2151-2
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