ERIC Number: ED393879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
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Validation of Testing for a Multi-Disciplinary Technical Position.
This paper describes a testing program that established job-related standards of performance and testing procedures for the technician position within a gas transportation company. New standards were being established in response to safety concerns stemming from investigations that identified training inadequacy as a cause of accidents. The job title "Technician" in reality encompassed individuals in four separate disciplines, but considerable crossover of duties occurred. A job analysis was conducted to compile a comprehensive tasklist and to determine the criticality of tasks. To develop test items, it was then necessary to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform the critical tasks. Oral and performance tests were developed for the technician job, using the critical tasks and KSAs identified. The draft test was reviewed by workers in each discipline. Questions were developed to cover the overlapping task areas, and the test sections were administered to two persons from each discipline. Validation of the test was then accomplished through content and criterion-related strategies, with samples of 60 technicians. Cluster goal scores and minimum goal scores were then established. (Contains one table and one figure.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Knowledge Skills and Abilities Method; Oral Examinations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Personnel Management Association Assessment Council Conference (19th, New Orleans, LA, June 25-29, 1995).