Title

Abuse and Misuse of Psychometrics as a Threat to Vocational Psychology

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Date

1-2-2020

Publication Title

International Handbook of Career Guidance (2nd Ed)

Publisher

Springer

Publisher Location

Cham, Switzerland

First page number:

721

Last page number:

734

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.

Keywords

Psychometrics; Career assessment; Postmodernism; Standardized testing; NAPLAN

Disciplines

Education | Vocational Education

Language

English

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