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Implicit theories intelligence of students: differences regarding professional interests


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Božanja, Fani. (2012). Implicit theories intelligence of students: differences regarding professional interests. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Vranić, Andrea].

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The questionnaire ITI-2011 (Đapo, Vranić i Zarevski, 2011) that examines implicit theories of intelligence was applied to a sample of 394 participants, students at the University of Zagreb, divided into six groups of professional interests according to Holland`s theory (realistic, conventional, investigative, artistic, social and entrerprising). We used prototype method and exemplar approach to test implicit theories of intelligence. The prototype method was used to define characteristics that participants use to describe intelligent person, characteristics are categorized into three types of intelligence, according to Sternberg: analytical, creative and practical. Participants with realistic (48.42%), investigative (48.86%), enterprising (41.83%), artistic (38.14%) and social professional interests (37.97%) preferred characteristics in the category of analytic intelligence, while participants with conventional professional interests (39.42%) give advantage to the characteristics in the category of creative intelligence. The exemplar approach confirmed the stereotype of Einstein as a prototype of a highly intelligent person. This was shown in most participants (realistic, artistic, social and investigative professional interests). Therefore, the results show that participants have formed implicit theories of intelligence. Different professional interests of participants affect their perception of intelligence.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: implicit theories of intelligence, prototype method, exemplar approach
Subjects: Psychology > Kognitivna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Vranić, Andrea
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 13:59
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 13:59

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