Identify and analyze an existing instrument with established reliability and validity that is regularly used in workplace settings. Discuss the following items:
Report the name and type of assessment (personality, intelligence, aptitude, ability, achievement, etc.) that you selected for analysis.
Provide information on the test’s reliability and validity.
Discuss the potential for any cultural bias.
Indicate any concerns with the instrument regarding cultural bias. You may find this type of information in scholarly articles about the assignment.
Report the method used to gather the data: observations, interviews, formal test, etc.
Discuss potential ethical or legal challenges.
Report and critically evaluate how the test is administered. Provide as much detail of the specific standardized administration recommendations as possible (e.g., directions that are to be read, environment in which the test should be administered, administrator qualifications, etc.).
Critically evaluate the overall strengths and weaknesses of the instrument.
Information may be gathered from scholarly literature or may be hypothetical situations that you suggest (e.g., using a test with individuals from a different background than what the test was normed with).
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.