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Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) abilities
pre-service teachers
in-service teachers
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Singh, Deepak
Supervisor and department
Cormier, Damien (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Cormier, Damien (Educational Psychology)
Daniels, Lia (Educational Psychology)
Bulut, Okan (Educational Psychology)
Department of Educational Psychology
School and Clinical Child Psychology
Date accepted
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Master of Education
Degree level
The current study examined the perceptions of pre-service and in-service teachers of the importance of different Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) cognitive abilities in the classroom. The sample included 227 pre-service teachers from the University of Alberta and 44 in-service teachers from the St. Albert Catholic School district. Reliability (Coefficient alpha), and the mean level of importance was calculated for the responses of the two groups. An independent samples t-test evaluated whether there were significant differences in the ratings of the two groups. Finally, Within- Subject ANOVA evaluated whether the ratings for the level of importance differed significantly within each group. The results indicated that both the pre-service and the in-service teachers perceived Fluid Reasoning (Gf) as one of the most important predictors of student success in the classroom, followed by Crystallized Ability (Gc), Quantitative Ability (Gq), and Visual Processing (Gv). The results from the independent samples t-test displayed no significant differences in mean ratings between the two groups on all of the cognitive abilities. Implications for teaching practice as well as teacher-psychologist consultation are discussed.
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