A New Perspective on Perspective Taking: A Multidimensional Approach to Conceptualizing an Aptitude
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CitationGehlbach, Hunter. 2004. “A New Perspective on Perspective Taking: A Multidimensional Approach to Conceptualizing an Aptitude.” Educational Psychology Review 16 (3) (September): 207-234. doi:10.1023/B:EDPR.0000034021.12899.11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:EDPR.0000034021.12899.11.
AbstractSocial perspective taking (SPT) is thought to be important in its own right and is often associated with other important skills, such as interpersonal conflict resolution. Thus, it is critical for researchers to systematically understand SPT and how it relates to other valued educational outcomes. In particular, a complete understanding of SPT might assist educational psychologists to apply this knowledge in school settings to improve the effectiveness of students’ social interactions. Previous research on SPT, however, has conceptualized it as a unidimensional construct leaving scholars with an insufficient understanding of this aptitude. To best understand SPT, a multidimensional approach should include assessments of personal characteristics (including the propensity and the ability to engage in SPT) and features of the situation (including features of the SPT task and the larger context). Using Snow’s conceptualization of aptitudes as a framework, this article illustrates the problems with treating SPT as a unidimensional construct, defines SPT as a complex aptitude, and provides a taxonomy to develop our understanding of SPT and to guide future research in this area. The taxonomy organizes and reviews the existing literature that relates personal and situational characteristics to SPT aptitude. Where research has not yet been conducted, this article hypothesizes how these characteristics will relate to SPT aptitude.
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