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ERIC Number: ED407427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan-23
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Ability Explorer: A Review and Critique.
Hoffman, Anne
The Ability Explorer (AE) is a newly developed self-report inventory of abilities that is appropriate for group or individual administration. There are machine-scorable and hand-scorable versions of the test, and there are two levels. Level 1 is for students from junior high to high school, and Level 2 is for high school students and adults. Separate scores are reported for 14 work-related abilities that are considered important for employers: (1) artistic; (2) clerical; (3) interpersonal; (4) language; (5) leadership; (6) manual; (7) musical/dramatic; (8) numerical/mathematical; (9) organizational; (10) persuasive; (11) scientific; (12) social; (13) spatial; and (14) technical/mechanical. Materials for the AE are attractive and easy to use, although the hand-scorable version is more difficult to understand than the machine-scorable version. Extensive information is provided in the manual about reliability, intercorrelations between ability scales, and frequency distributions, but the characteristics of the norm group used to develop these statistics are not generally addressed, except in table form. The AE appears to be a valuable assessment tool with a sound theoretical basis and useful practical applications. A potential problem is the accuracy of its self-report measure. Recommendations are made for clarifying information with the hand-scorable version. (Contains three references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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