Quantitative multi-method analysis of Ways of Thinking

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The field of cognitive style has been described as fractured and lacking instruments of psychometric rigour (Furnham 2001; Sternberg, 2000). Building on the model of cognitive style established by J. Roodenburg (2003, 2006), E. Roodenburg, (2014) developed the Ways of Thinking (WOT) questionnaire. Further refining involved two phases. In the first, samples were collected from three versions of the instrument, and poorly performing items removed, identified using a range of confirmatory methods including Procrustes rotations and IRT. In phase two, a community sample of 672 adults completed a revised instrument. Calibration and replication groups were established and facets subjected to single factor congeneric modelling using AMOS. Of the 22 facets, only three demonstrated less than adequate model fit, with an average reliability across all facets of .78 (range .65-.92). The final instrument offers a robust, psychometrically rigorous and thinking focussed alternative to existing measures of cognitive style.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014
EventAustralian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences 2014 - Travelodge Hotel, Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 201429 Nov 2014
Conference number: 12th


ConferenceAustralian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences 2014
Abbreviated titleACPID 2014


  • Cognitive style
  • Personality
  • Instrument development

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