Applied Measurement: Industrial Psychology in Human Resources Management

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Deborah L. Whetzel, George R. Wheaton
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007 - Psychology - 423 pages
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An updated version of Deborah Whetzel and George Wheaton's earlier volume, this text is a well-organized sourcebook for fundamental practices in industrial psychology and human resources management. Applied Measurement describes the process of job analysis and test development with practical examples and discusses various methods for measuring job performance. Its primary purpose is to provide practical, systematic guidance on how to develop the various kinds of measurement instruments frequently used in the fields of industrial psychology and human resources management to assess personnel.

With easy to follow guidance written in straightforward language, Applied Measurement contains three new chapters focusing on training and experience measures, assessment centers, and methods for defending the content validity of tests; includes contributions from many prominent researchers in the field, all of whom have had a great deal of applied experience; begins each chapter with an overview describing the job analysis or measurement method; and uses one job, that of an electrician, as an example throughout the book so that readers can easily understand how to apply job analysis data for the purposes of test development and job performance measurement.

This practical, concise book is recommended for students and entry-level practitioners in the fields of industrial psychology and human resources.

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About the author (2007)

Deborah L. Whetzel is a Principal at Work Skills First, Inc. In this position, she has developed competency models for an international hotel chain and for law enforcement organizations. During her tenure with the American Institutes for Research, the U.S. Postal Service, and Caliber Associates, she has directed or conducted research on projects dealing with job analysis and competency model development, test development, research, and implementation, and performance appraisal development. Dr. Whetzel has taught courses in test development and validation techniques and organizational behavior at Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason University. Her work has been presented at professional conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. She received her Ph.D. from George Washington University. 
George R. Wheaton is recently retired, having spent his professional career with the American Institutes for Research (A.I.R.) in Washington, DC. He received his A.B. degree in psychology from Bowdoin College (1961) and his M.Sc. in clinical psychology from McGill University (1963). While at A.I.R. he conducted, directed, and managed a variety of I/O psychological research activities first as a project director, then as Vice President and Director of the Washington Research Center, and most recently as the corporation's Vice President for Quality Assurance. His research interests have included taxonomies of performance, individual differences, and application of job and task analysis methods to transfer of training phenomena and development of criterion performance measures for individuals and teams.

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