From Obscurity to Clarity in Psychometric Testing: Selected works of Professor Peter Saville, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

From Obscurity to Clarity in Psychometric Testing

Selected works of Professor Peter Saville, 1st Edition

By Peter Saville


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The field of psychometrics has a long and varied tradition across the social sciences. A range of academics have sought to understand human consciousness more fully by statistical testing our abilities, personalities, attitudes and beliefs. But perhaps the area where psychometric techniques have had most impact on contemporary society is in employee recruitment, where a range of psychometric tests have become common-place.

Professor Peter Saville is one of the pioneers of adapting psychometric testing to the field of occupational psychology and human resource management. In a career of nearly 40 years, his work has been adopted by hundreds of public and private organizations, assessing the suitability of prospective candidates through a range of questionnaires and tests. In this anthology of his work, including both keynote conference address and journal papers, Saville provides a masterly overview of the field of psychometrics, and the key issues and questions that it raises.

An ideal companion for any student or researcher of HRM, occupational or organizational psychology, or applied psychology in general, Peter Saville’s selected works represent the thinking of one of the most influential psychologists of our time.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Contributors. PART I: THE ORIGINS OF PSYCHOMETRICS 1. What’s It All about? 2. Intelligence Testing. PART II: CONSTRUCTING PSYCHOMETRICS 3. The ‘Traditional’ Approach 4. Reflections on the Development of an Inductive Work-Based Questionnaire – the OPQ® 5. Validating Personality Questionnaires 6. Development of a Validity-Centric Work-Based Questionnaire – Saville Consulting Wave® 7. Long versus Short Scales 8. Normative & Forced-Choice Scales. PART III: PRACTICALITIES OF PSYCHOMETRICS 9. Do Assessments Work? 10. Applications of Assessments 11. The Issue of Cheating 12. Acceptability, Cost-Benefit & Decision Making

About the Author/Editor

Professor Peter Saville, BA, MPhil, PhD, HonFBPsS, C.Psychol, CSci, Academic FCIPD, FRSA, FIoD – Founder, SHL & Founder, Saville Consulting; Visiting Professor, Kingston Business School.

Tom Hopton, MA Hons (Oxon), MBPsS, CPsychol.– Principal Consultant, Saville Consulting, A Towers Watson Company; Visiting Fellow, Kingston Business School.

About the Series

World Library of Psychologists

The World Library of Psychologists celebrates the important contributions to psychology made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Barbara Wilson, Elizabeth Valentine, Leo Hendry, Jonathan St. B.T. Evans and Mark Griffiths.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of his career, contextualizing his selection within the development of the field, and showing how his own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology