Perceived ability and level of education as predictors of traditional and practical adult problem solving

Citation
Pa. Haught et al., Perceived ability and level of education as predictors of traditional and practical adult problem solving, EXP AGING R, 26(1), 2000, pp. 89-101
Citations number
20
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
EXPERIMENTAL AGING RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0361-073X → ACNP
Volume
26
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
89 - 101
Database
ISI
SICI code
0361-073X(200001/03)26:1<89:PAALOE>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Abstract
Sixty adults (ages 19 to 80) were divided into three age groups. Each indiv idual completed the Problem Solving Inventory, (PSI), which assesses an ind ividual's self-perception of problem-solving ability, prior to completing t wo types of problems, including concept-identification tasks and six everyd ay, practical problems. When the level of education across the younger, mid dle-aged, and older adults was controlled, older individuals perceived them selves as better problem solvers, and they were more confident in their pro blem-solving abilities than the other age groups. Additionally, these older adults with relatively high levels of education took more time to complete the concept-identification tasks but did not make more errors or need more choices to solve these tasks. Similarly, the older participants performed us well as either of the other age groups on the everyday, practical proble ms.