ERIC Number: ED171736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
An Information Processing Approach to Performance Assessment: III. An Elaboration and Refinement of an Information Processing Performance Battery. Technical Report No. 3, November 16, 1977 through November 30, 1978.
Allen, Ted W.; And Others
An information processing approach was applied to the development and validation of a test battery intended for personnel selection, classification, and guidance; and design of training programs. The approach specifies that tests should measure specific cognitive processes and basic abilities, rather than prior experience. Tests should be short, easy to administer, statistically independent, and reliable. Taken as a whole, the test should not be designed to predict ability or interest in a particular job. Sixty eight college students were tested twice on eight tasks: (1) physical match; (2) letter rotation; (3) scan and search; (4) set membership; (5) letter recall; (6) mental addition; (7) sentence recall; and (8) sentence recognition. Results showed alternate forms of the tasks were comparable with previous findings for all but task 8. The adequacy of the tasks as measures of individual differences and as measures of information processing oPerations varied from task to task. The first four tasks were selected for the battery; tasks 5 and 6 were considered marginal (needed improvement); and tasks 7 and 8 were excluded. (Sample items from each task are appended.) (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC.