Publication Date

1995

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Goffin, Richard D., 1956-

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Employees--Rating of--Psychological aspects

Abstract

This study investigated the accuracy of two formats for the appraisal of performance, specifically relative and absolute. The primary question of this experiment was whether relative and absolute performance appraisal ratings differ in terms of four components of accuracy: differential elevation (DE), differential accuracy (DA), elevation (EL), and stereotype accuracy (SA). Because relative performance appraisal methods often use global items (performance dimensions), whereas certain absolute performance appraisal methods utilize specific items (critical incidents of behavior), the effect of the type of item rated, specific or global. was also investigated. Eighty undergraduate psychology students viewed four videotaped lecturers and rated their performance 24 hours later with both absolute and relative performance appraisal methods. Relative ratings were more accurate overall than absolute ratings with respect to DA and SA. Also, global items were more accurate with respect to DE and EL, whereas specific items were more accurate with respect to DA and SA.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [62]-66)

Extent

v, 98 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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