Description of Research Report: Assessors’ Satisfaction with Measures of Cognitive Ability Applied to Persons with Visual Impairments
Bauman and Kropf (1979) surveyed assessment professionals who were working with persons with visual impairments (that is, those who were blind or had low vision) to quantify their use of and satisfaction with measures of, among other things, cognitive ability. Their survey revealed the dominance of the Wechsler scales and some ambivalence associated with the use of existing tests, thus pointing to the need to “develop something better” (p. 261). From their data, Bauman and Kropf concluded that “[assessors] are trying everything and satisfied with almost nothing. Research is needed!” (p. 261). This article reports on a study that was a limited replication of Bauman and Kropf’s study, to determine whether and to what extent the situation has improved.