ERIC Number: ED407200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Practical Measures for Assessing Work Performance Behaviors in Individuals with Severe Disabilities.
Johnson, Virginia Anne; Parkerson, Sandra
This paper describes the Work Performance Assessment (WPA) and the Work Personality Profile (WPP) and provides instructions for their use. The WPA and WPP evaluate behaviors associated with job retention and advancement among disabled workers. Together the two evaluation components form a comprehensive observational assessment designed to provide a useful alternative when traditional multiweek vocational evaluation is inappropriate or impractical. WPA is a simulation procedure that assesses behavioral responses to 19 common work demands. Assessment activities include two work tasks, a teamwork activity, and a socializing opportunity. WPP is a 58-item work personality rating instrument that can be used wherever work-related behavior is occurring. WPP assesses attitudes, values, habits and behaviors essential to retaining a job and acquiring promotability potential, and presents results on a profile form that includes 11 primary and 5 secondary work behavior categories. Sections on the WPA and the WPP discuss features of each measure, target behaviors, creating or selecting the test environment, test materials, orientation and training for test administrators, videotaping the WPA, briefing and debriefing participants, and rating and reporting performance. Included are a sample WPA report form, the WPP, software instructions, and a sample WPP report with rating scales and explanation of employability deficits. Contains 30 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Hot Springs. Arkansas Research & Training Center in Vocational Rehabilitation.