ERIC Number: ED113388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Research on Assessing Human Abilities. Final Report.
Harman, Harry H.
The primary objectives of this project commonly refereed to as "Assessing Human Abilities" were: (1) to provide reference measures for cognitive factors; and (2) to provide a guide to reference measures for self-report temperament factors. The overall objective was to conduct research in the area of factor analysis directed toward the identification of tests and other instruments that can serve as markers for well-established factors. The term "factor referenced" was introduced in this project to call attention to the factors as the construct of interest. This usage is in keeping with the general concept of criterion-referenced tests. It is the sense of clarifying something that is being measured that the factor-referenced measures are offered to researchers and practitioners concerned with assessing human abilities. It is hoped that the results of this study will aid in the development of structure for the cognitive domain of human abilities and a beginning for a comparable structure for the temperament domain of personality. Such theoretical structures are founded on empirical evidence and are amenable to continued challenge and verification. Researchers could be expected to use a small number of the resulting factor-referenced tests as markers for testing conjectures about factors in their studies. Summary lists of the 23 cognitive factors with the recommended marker tests, and the 28 temperament factors with the scales proposed for them are given in the appendix. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Kit of Reference Tests for Cognitive Factors