Antonella Brighi Fiorenzo Laghi Maria Beatrice Ligorio Luca Milani Benedetta Emanuela Palladino Maria Assunta Zanetti

The evaluation of «quality» in psychology: A turbulent commentary on a much-needed manuscript

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Abstract

With this contribution we intend to offer some elements for reflection related to Tommasi’s article «La valutazione della psicologia: considerazioni su un decennio turbolento». In particular, we focused on the somewhat fuzzy definition of «quality» by taking up some elements already highlighted in the target article and adding some considerations relating to the consequences of an a posteriori definition. We wanted to highlight, in particular, the critical implications both in relation to the careers of individuals and in terms of the ability to generate truly quality products, capa-ble of influencing the directions and implications of the research itself. We have also reported some findings relating to the hybrid nature (bibliometric and otherwise) of some macro-sectors. We conclude our contribution by highlighting that the objective of the evaluation should be to create virtuous circles between the passions of those at the early stages of the academic career and the requirements and opportunities inherent the academic system.

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • bibliometrics
  • psychology
  • quality assessment
  • recruitment

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