ERIC Number: ED186453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Construct Validity of Aptitude Tests: An Information-Processing Assessment. Technical Report No. 20, (July 1, 1979 through September 30, 1979).
Sternberg, Robert J.
An information-processing assessment of the construct validity of aptitude tests is presented. It is stated that aptitude tests have been rather successful because they possess high construct validity, although the constructs in terms of which the tests may be most profitably understood are information-processing rather than psychometric ones. It is suggested that certain inconsistencies in the constructs proposed by alternative psychometric theories of aptitude tend to disappear when these constructs are understood in terms of more basic information-processing constructs. Several theories are discussed: componential theory; Spearman's two-factor theory; Thurstone's primary mental abilities; Cattell and Horn's fluid and crystallized ability; and Guilford's structure of intellect. (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC. Personnel and Training Branch.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Dept. of Psychology.
Identifiers: Cattell Horn Fluid and Crystallized Ability Theory; Construct Validity; Guilfords Structure of Intellect; Spearmans Two Factor Theory; Thurstones Primary Mental Abilities Schema