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Poor Performers Don’t Know They Are

According to Thomas Schlosser, David Dunning and others, Dunning and Krujc report, in a series of experiments, that poor performers on a logic test seem unaware that they performed poorly. They hypothesize that people who do not perform well also do not judge their own and the performance of others accurately.

In a logic test administered to volunteers over the Internet, the lowest scorers overestimated their performance, reporting, on average, that they had earned 7 out of 10 items right instead of their actual score of 0.

A related set of experiments attempts to explain why top performers underestimate their scores.

These scientists suggest that teaching poor performers to solve logic problems leads to a reduction in errors of estimates of their performance, but other experiences do not account for improved scores.

Robert Heiny
Robert Heinyhttp://www.robertheiny.com
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in The Encyclopedia of Education (1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for TuxReports.com.

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