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The role of the Learning Potential Computerized Adaptive Test (LPCAT) in the vocational guidance assessment of adolescents.

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dc.contributor.author De Beer, Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-03T05:50:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-03T05:50:19Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation De Beer, M. 2011,'The role of the Learning Potential Computerized Adaptive Test (LPCAT) in the vocational guidance assessment of adolescents', Educational & Child Psychology, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 114-129. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5329
dc.description.abstract In the present study, the role of learning potential assessment as part of cognitive assessment for vocational guidance was investigated for a population (N=262) of junior secondary students. Mean scores, distribution of scores, inter-correlation of scores and predictive validity were evaluated. The mean learning potential scores indicated a level of general reasoning and learning potential higher than the academic level of the students at the time of assessment and the distribution of the scores indicated tertiary level potential for some learners. Statistically significant correlations were found between the LPCAT learning potential scores and three sub-tests of the Differential Aptitude Test (Form R) (DAT-R) namely Verbal Reasoning, Comparison and Spatial Perception. Furthermore, all cognitive scores showed statistically significant correlations with the aggregate end-of-year academic performance in English, Life Orientation and Mathematics. Based on the results of this study, verbal reasoning is a better predictor of aggregate academic performance than learning potential based on non-verbal figural reasoning. A total of 35.3% of the variance in academic performance was predicted by combining learning potential and aptitude scores. The unique explanation of variance in academic performance by means of the LPCAT post-test results alone was 12.9%, while for Verbal Reasoning aptitude alone it was 29.2%. en
dc.subject Learning Potential Computerized Adaptive Test (LPCAT) en
dc.subject Learning potential en
dc.subject Vocational guidance en
dc.subject Adolescents en
dc.subject Predictive validity en
dc.title The role of the Learning Potential Computerized Adaptive Test (LPCAT) in the vocational guidance assessment of adolescents. en
dc.type Article en


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