Validity Generalization: A Critical Review

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14
The Past, Present, and Future
of Validity Generalization
Kevin R. Murphy
Daniel A. Newman
Pennsylvania State University

Chapters 1 through 13 of this volume document an eventful past, a vibrant present, and an intriguing future for validity generalization. The aim of this chapter is to highlight some important themes running through this book and the literature on which these chapters are based. The aim is not to provide a comprehensive history of validity generalization (VG), a complete picture of its present status, or a detailed road map of where this field is heading; chapters 1 through 13 do a better job than could possibly be done here. Rather, the aim is to extract and discuss some of the key issues in the development and application of VG analyses, and to make some suggestions about important issues that remain to be resolved.


THE PAST

The history of VG research has followed a similar path to that carved out by other methodological advances, most notably the application of factor analysis in the earlier history of psychology. When factor analysis first burst onto the scene, there was a mad rush to factor analyze as many things as possible (mainly in the 1930s to 1950s), followed by a long period of discussion of alternate analytic methods and decision rules for interpreting factor analyses (1960s and 1970s), followed by a long period (extending

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