Changing abilities vs. changing tasks (Dahlke, Kostal, Sackett, & Kuncel, 2018)

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Reference Title: Changing abilities vs. changing tasks (Dahlke, Kostal, Sackett, & Kuncel, 2018)
Author: Jeffrey A. Dahlke, Jack W. Kostal, Paul R. Sackett, and Nathan R. Kuncel
Publication Type: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2018
Course Level: Advanced
Credits: 3
Price: $30.00
About This Course: This journal article explores potential explanations for validity degradation using a unique predictive validation data set containing up to four consecutive years of high school students’ cognitive test scores and four complete years of those students’ college grades. This data set permits analyses that disentangle the effects of predictor-score age and timing of criterion measurements on validity degradation.
  1. Overview of this CE Home-Study Program
  2. Information About the Course
    1. Educational Objectives
    2. Target Audience
    3. Schedule
    4. Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy
    5. Author Credentials
    6. Number of CE Credits Offered
    7. Location and Format
    8. Detailed Description of Program Material
  3. Conflict of Interest Statement

1. Overview of this CE program (top)

This home study course entails the independent study of "Changing abilities vs. changing tasks: Examining Validity Degradation with Test Scores and College Performance Criteria Both Assessed Longitudinally" (Dahlke, Kostal, Sackett, & Kuncel, 2018), followed by the completion of a multiple-choice test on-line. Participants who receive a passing grade of 75% or higher on the test will receive 1 CE credit. Failing participants may retake the test as often as they wish at no additional charge, and receive CE credit when they do pass.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available, for an additional charge, at the Article website.

More detailed information on the content of this article is given in section 2h below.

APR Testing Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APR Testing Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

2.a Educational Objectives (top)

Upon completion of this home study program, the participant will be able to:

  1. State the research questions presented in this article.
  2. Define validity degradation as it is conceptualized in this article.
  3. Describe the causes of validity degradation according to the findings of this article.
  4. Describe three practical implications of the findings of this article.
  5. Describe the information presented in Tables 1-4 of this article.
  6. List at least one limitation to the procedure of this study.

2.b Target Audience (top)

This CE program is intended for psychologists who hold a doctoral degree. The course may be taken by other interested professionals (e.g.,senior human resource executives and consultants; upper-level managers).

2.c Schedule (top)

Access to program registration and post-test is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2.d Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy (top)

The fee for this home-study program is $30, which is $10 per CE credit. The fee is fully refundable for 60 days or until the post-test is taken, whichever comes first.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available, for an additional charge, at the Article website.

2.e Author Credentials (top)

The authors of the journal article you will read for this home-study course are Jeffrey A. Dahlke, Jack W. Kostal, Paul R. Sackett, and Nathan R. Kuncel, from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

2.f Number of CE Credits Offered (top)

Participants who complete this course by taking and passing the multiple-choice test will receive 3 CE credits.

2.g Location and Format (top)

This activity requires independent home-based study of Changing abilities vs. changing tasks: Examining Validity Degradation with Test Scores and College Performance Criteria Both Assessed Longitudinally (Dahlke, Kostal, Sackett, & Kuncel, 2018). Following completion of the reading material, participants complete an Internet-based multiple-choice post-test on the statement content.

2.h Detailed Description of Program Material (top)

Publication citation:

Dahlke, J. A., Kostal, J. W., Sackett, P. R., & Kuncel, N. R. (2018). Changing abilities vs. changing tasks: Examining validity degradation with test scores and college performance criteria both assessed longitudinally. The Journal of applied psychology, Advance online publication. Retrieved August, 2018, from http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fapl0000316.

Article excerpt:

The phenomenon of validity degradation (i.e., the moderating effect of time on the criterion-related validity of cognitive ability test scores, such that weaker validities are observed as the amount of time between ability and criterion measurements increases) remains controversial, despite extensive research on the topic.

3. Conflict of Interest Statement (top)

APR Testing Services (APR) has no known conflict of interest with respect to this CE program. APR has not received any commercial support for this CE program.