ERIC Number: ED221596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Multipurpose Analysis of Clerical and Administrative Positions in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mann, Walter G., Jr.
This report demonstrates the feasibility of covering a large number of classes in a single study that has both classification and selection applications. A job analysis of clerical and administrative positions in the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands was accomplished by means of a single questionnaire comprised of 264 items of the following types: 31 knowledge, 104 skill or ability, 99 activity, 15 job evaluation, and 15 biographical. A quantitative procedure utilizing activity data was developed to assure that positions are properly assigned to classes. Factor analysis of skill and ability ratings identified seven job domains that can be readily operationalized in the form of written or performance tests. The inferential leap from job analysis data to test content was minimized by including statements of test behavior in the questionnaire; moreover, the validity of subject-matter-expert ratings of skills and abilities was demonstrated by correlating them with time-spent ratings of work activities. A factor analysis of 15 job evaluation scales produced 2 factors (Scope and Complexity) that can be used to predict the grades of these types of positions. Selection and classification recommendations for the Virgin Islands and potential usefulness of the methodology for other jurisdictions are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Personnel Management, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Virgin Islands
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