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1st Edition

From Obscurity to Clarity in Psychometric Testing
Selected works of Professor Peter Saville

ISBN 9781138684577
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
248 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.