Applicant reactions to a situational judgment test used for selection into initial teacher training

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JournalInternational Journal of Educational Psychology
DatePublished - Jun 2014
Issue number2
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)104-124
Original languageEnglish


We considered applicants’ perceptions of the use of a pilot situational judgment test (SJT) designed for selection into primary and secondary teacher training programs in the UK. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from 304 applicants (73% female) to two postgraduate (PGCE) training programs in the 2013-2014 application cycle. Participants were asked to provide feedback on the content of the SJTs and on the appropriateness of the tests for selection into teacher training. Results from the rating scales showed that most of the applicants (76.7%) found the content and format of the pilot selection tool favourable. Results from open-ended questions suggested that applicants were aware of issues of procedural justice and fairness in selection for teacher training, with a recommendation that separate selection tests should be created for primary and secondary applicants.

    Research areas

  • Teacher selection, Situational judment tests, Teacher education, Non-cognitive attributes

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