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CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCALLY MADE PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS IN NIGERIA

Olowookere, E. I. (2011) CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCALLY MADE PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS IN NIGERIA. Journal of Functional Management, 4 (1). pp. 48-57. ISSN 2141-3711

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Abstract

Psychological tests are essential to the study and practice of psychology and are used for recruitment, selection, placement, and classification in commerce, industries, and the military. They are scientifica lly constructed following careful and detailed procedures based on sound theoretical approach. Psychologists in Nigeria have constructed culturally relevant tests to assess personality in various settings. However, the number of psychological tests in Nigeria is grossly in adequate. Most of the tests used by psychologists in Nigeria are foreign and not suitable for African cultural background. The scarcity of local tests in Nigeria may be as a result of the challenges psychologists in Nigeria face in the process of test construction. This paper therefore discusses some of these challenges which include the shortage of manpower in the field of psychometrics; financial and time constraints; work overload; lack of mentoring and training programmes; and the lack of attraction to psychometrics as a career in psychology. It was recommended among others that Universities in Nigeria should offer psychometrics as an area of specialization in psychology at the postgraduate level and also, that Psychometricians in Nigeria should encourage young psychologists in the field through mentoring, coaching, and by forming and financing research clusters towards the development of psychological tests.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 16:51
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2012 16:51
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/984

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