Exploring the Dimensionality of Situational Judgment: Task and Contextual Knowledge
Bess, Tammy L.
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This paper investigated the suggestion that situational judgment is a multidimensional evaluation methodology that assesses task and/or contextual job knowledge, and in any given situational judgment test (SJT), there may be items that better tap contextual knowledge while other items may better tap task knowledge. 233 undergraduate students completed questionnaires containing a situational judgment test, personality questionnaire, and cognitive ability test. Results supported the hypothesis that suggested personality significantly predicts contextual knowledge over and above cognitive ability, but did not support the prediction that cognitive ability significantly predicts task knowledge above and beyond personality. Preliminary results suggest that the lack of support for H2 may be due to the SJT utilized in this study, which appears to have tapped primarily contextual knowledge domains. Implications and directions for future research are suggested.
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