Abuse and Misuse of Psychometrics as a Threat to Vocational Psychology

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1864-9516 and Perera, Harsha N. (2019) Abuse and Misuse of Psychometrics as a Threat to Vocational Psychology. In: International Handbook of Career Guidance. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 721-734. ISBN 9783030251529

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Abstract

Psychometrics—the science and technology of measuring psychological constructs—is a definitive feature of vocational psychology and career development. For a century, vocational psychology has produced and refined measures for research and practices in diverse industry sectors, including education, training, selection, and recruitment. We overview the philosophical foundations of post-positivism in contrast to an anti-psychometrics discourse emanating from critical scholarship so as to raise concerns that this critical commentary threatens the public’s understanding of psychometrics, their ethical use, and utility. It is time for psychology to advocate for its science and technology, and push back against the iconoclastic rhetoric of its protagonists in the struggle for knowledge/power.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 01:31
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychometrics, vocational assessment, career assessment
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390404 Educational counselling
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25153-6_33
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37875

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