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The construction of a mechanical ability test for Africans in high level jobs

W. C. Botha
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | : Perspectives on Industrial Psychology| a293 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v0i0.293 | © 1978 W. C. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 November 1978 | Published: 28 November 1978

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W. C. Botha,, South Africa

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Abstract

The tremendous industrial growth of South Africa has created shortages of technically qualified persons. The White population, who traditionally filled these posts, is no longer able to satisfy the demand. The Black workers in South Africa are therefore being trained to a greater extent to fill such posts. A need for an objective selection device for selecting these workers arose and this study is an attempt to provide such a device. A mechanical ability test was constructed and the preliminary standardisation was successfully undertaken.

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Die snelle groei van die Suid-Afrikaanse bedryfswese het gelei tot tekorte aan tegnies opgeleide werkers. Die blanke bevolking, wat tradisioneel arbeid vir hierdie tipe werksoorte voorsien het, is nie meer in staat om in die al hoe groter aanvraag te voldoen nie. Die Swart werker in Suid-Afrika moes derhalwe in 'n toenemende mate opgelei word om hierdie tipe poste te vul. 'n Behoefte het ontstaan vir 'n objektiewe keuringsinstrument vir gebruik by die keuring van Swart werkers vir tegniese en meganiese werksoorte. Hierdie studie is derhalwe 'n poging om die weg te baan vir die ontwikkeling van so 'n objektiewe keuringsinstrument. 'n Meganiese vermoëtoets is opgestel en die preliminêre standaardisering daarvan is uitgevoer.


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