ERIC Number: ED050411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
The Validity of Assessment Centers.
Thornton, George C., III
This paper summarizes a review of the recent literature in search of evidence for the validity of industrial assessment centers. The topic is divided into two parts: (1) the evidence regarding the validity of several of the individual assessment techniques that are used in industrial assessment centers; and (2) the evidence concerning the validity of the overal assessment rating (OAR). Findings indicate that: (1) the most valid techniques seem to be performance exercises involving "samples" of behavior; (2) few studies have treated the technique psychometrically; (3) numerous reports fail to report the correlations of the tests, games, etc. with any sort of criteria, although these data were gathered; (4) the overwhelming finding is that OAR's are related to a variety of criteria for subsequent performance and potential in managerial positions; (5) there are serious questions regarding the quality of research designs and problems with criterion contamination in some studies; and (6) the overall assessment evaluation adds a unique contribution to assessment beyond information obtainable from objective tests. (Author/TA)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.
Note: Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Convention in Denver, Colorado, May 12-15, 1971