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An alternative procedure for analyzing job analysis results for content-oriented test development

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Content-oriented test development requires information derived from a comprehensive job analysis. The job data typically consist of task and skill statements identified by subject matter experts. These statements characterize a target job and are then used to develop the test plan and item budget. The predominant practice for combining data from the task and job skill domains to facilitate preparation of a test plan and item budget is an impressionistic approach. This study reports variations and extensions of an alternative quantitative procedure for linking task and job skill data (Hughes & Prien, 1989) using results obtained in field studies. The results indicate that the procedure reported by Hughes and Prien (1989) yields consistent results. Also, modifications to the procedure result in more detailed solutions.

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Correspondence to Andrew J. Vinchur.

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Dr. Charles Lawshe graciously contributed three sets of job analysis data to this research project. Dr. Lawshe also provided a very thoughtful and cogent critique of our attempts to express these thoughts to a user audience and for this we are grateful.

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Vinchur, A.J., Prien, E.P. & Schippmann, J.S. An alternative procedure for analyzing job analysis results for content-oriented test development. J Bus Psychol 8, 215–226 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02230386

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