ERIC Number: ED217349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Changes in Levels of Capacity and Performance across the Working Life-Span.
Avolio, Bruce J.; Panek, Paul E.
This document addresses the problems facing researchers who are involved in evaluating worker potential across the life-span, including that most evidence focusing on differential job ability levels within age classifications has come from empirical investigations concerning functional age. A critique of the functional age approach is presented along with comments that reflect the suggestions of several authors about the use of functional age strategies for employment decisions. Three general models which researchers can use for evaluating worker potential across the life-span are offered. Each model is reviewed briefly and comments are given. The first two models presented belong to the functional age approach, with a focus on normative age grouping and a performance analysis at specific ages, while the third model offers an alternative strategy, job analysis of attributes, abilities, and minimum performance, for assessing worker competency across the life-span. Model Three is discussed in greater detail and includes a list of eight steps to consider in all validation procedures where older workers are evaluated. A framework for older worker assessment based on this third model is also included. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).