The Group Rorschach as a predictor of standing in Education I at the University of Manitoba
Terris, James Edward.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the results obtained from a personality test could be used to predict incomplete standing or failure in Education I at the Univesrsity of Manitoba. The Harrower Multiple-Choice form of the Group Rorschach test was administered to the students, and the results were compared with their final examination marks. A Pilot Study was carried out with the "Special Summer School Class" of 1959, comprised of sixty-three students. The Main Study was carried out with the regular Education I class of 1959-1960, comprised of ninety-two students. Regression equations were computed using the students' scores on the Group Rorschach test to predict their success in the course and linking performance on the Group Rorschach with examination results obtained in (1) the Pilot Study, and (2) the Main Study. 1. Scores on the Group Rorschach test correlated significantly with most class marks. 2. (a) In the Pilot Study, thirteen students were isolated as "probably failures" by the Group Rorschach. Only six of these did fail giving a correct prediction of forty-six percent. Two failed who were not predicted to do so. (b) In the Main Study, sixteen students were isolated as "probably failures" by the Group Rorschach. Only four of these did fail giving a correct prediction of twenty-five percent. Eight failed who were not predicted to do so. 3. (a) In the Pilot Study, the Regression Equation predicted that five students would have a failing average. Of the nine that did fail, only four were isolated by the Regression Equation, giving a correct prediction of forty-four percent. (b) In the Main Study, the Regression Equation predicted that one student would have a failing average. Of the twelve that did fail, the Regression Equation isolated only one, giving a corrrect prediction of eight percent. 4. While the Group Rorschach gave some initial indication of having potential in predicting success or failure with the Pilot Study, it did not work effectively enough in the Main Study to be used for selection purposes.