ERIC Number: ED354369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations for Fair and Unbiased Apprentice Selection. An NTB/HRSC Report. Contract Report.
Holburn, P. T.
This document presents results of research to investigate bias and fairness in apprentice selection procedures used in South Africa. Chapter 1 discusses the aim of the project and summarizes the report's contents. Chapter 2 presents a brief overview of the contents of five interim reports. "Investigation of Apprentice Evaluation Procedures with Special Reference to Test Bias and Fairness" (J. Watt) documents findings from interviews with employers and trainers of apprentices. "Test Bias" (T. Tyler) discusses various types of test bias, evaluates techniques available to detect the kinds of bias, and proposes a procedure to detect biased test items. "Apprentice Selection" (P. Holburn) reports findings of a nationwide survey of apprentice selection procedures and policies."Selection Decisions" (P. Holburn), a review of the literature on fairness in selection, discusses and evaluates models of fair selection and makes recommendations for fair selection. "Test Bias in the Intermediate Mental Alertness, Mechanical Comprehension, Blox, and High Level Figure Classification Tests" (P. Holburn) describes results of the test bias analysis of the four tests most commonly used for apprentice selection in South Africa. Chapter 3 makes recommendations for fair and unbiased apprentice selection. These different selection methods are considered first: recruitment, application forms, interviews, psychometric testing, psychomotor testing, and trainability testing. Guidelines for the selection procedure are then discussed. (Contains 17 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria (South Africa).
Identifiers - Location: South Africa