The Need to Assess Non-Cognitive Attributes
Governments all around the world are increasingly calling for non-cognitive attributes to be assessed as part of the selection process for teacher education courses. The research literature supports the governments' call as non-cognitive attributes have been shown to play an essential role in predicting positive educational outcomes.
Situational judgment tests (SJTs) present applicants with a set of hypothetical work-relevant scenarios reflecting real-life situations applicants will face in the job. SJTs are shown to be superior to conventional personality tests as the most effective format for predicting job performance in a range of professional settings. SJTs are state-of-the-art, cost-effective and well-received by applicants and selectors. The tests are now used in trainee selection in health fields in the UK, but have not yet been developed for trainee selection in education.More about the theory and research »