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A taxonomy of self-estimated human performance

Furnham, Adrian, von Stumm, Sophie, Makendrayogam, Arunthethy and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas (2009) A taxonomy of self-estimated human performance. Journal of Individual Differences, 30 (4). pp. 188-193. ISSN 1614-0001

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Identification Number: 10.1027/1614-0001.30.4.188


Previous research often examined self-estimated intelligence in relation to academic models of human cognitive ability or popular models of intelligence (e.g., Gardner’s (1983) multiple intelligences). The present study employed a different concept of ability, namely, Fleishman’s (1975) structure of human performance, to investigate the psychometric structure of self-estimates. A structural equation model generally confirmed Fleishman’s apriori taxonomy. In addition, the structure of self-estimated abilities closely resembled models of measured cognitive ability (e.g., Carroll, 1993) and one latent trait, termed general factor , was identified. Modest sex differences in self-estimated ability were confirmed in favor of men; however, the latter were noteworthy only for the domains of spatial orientation and physical strengths. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Hogrefe Publishing
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 15:49
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 02:10

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