Predicting Peer Evaluations from Biographical Information
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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A total of 79 National Guardsmen took part in research to analyze the relationship of biographic data to the peer evaluation process. Significant correlation was found between each biographic variable and the evaluation score. However, partialling rank and time in unit out of these relationships reduced the correlation to nonsignificance. In a multiple regression analysis, rank, length of time in unit, and education accounted for 51 of the variance in peer evaluation scores. The results are discussed in terms of leveling and social indicator effects which may be sources of bias in the evaluation of peer job performance. Where such bias effects are found, the bias-producing variables should be treated as delineators of true peer groups.
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- Sociology and Law