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Possible cognitive processes underlying competency assessment

A. B. Boshoff, R. van Wyk, C. L. Bester
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 29, No 3 | a114 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v29i3.114 | © 2003 A. B. Boshoff, R. van Wyk, C. L. Bester | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 October 2003 | Published: 24 October 2003

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A. B. Boshoff, University of Pretoria, South Africa
R. van Wyk, University of Pretoria, South Africa
C. L. Bester, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

Indications are that research on competency assessment lacks a theoretical frame of reference. An attempt is made to explore cognitive processes taking place during assessment explaining the large percentage of rater variance. The principles of five different cognitive theories are discussed in the search for possible explanations namely: cognitive choice-, cognitive evaluation-, social cognitive theories, metacognitive- and the new paradigm approaches.

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