Measuring Intercultural Competence in Teachers: Development and Evaluation of Situational Judgment Test



The article describes the development and testing of the SJT-ICC situational judgment test designed to measure intercultural competence of a teacher in the form of behavioral preferences in the professional field of interaction with students and their parents. This approach makes it possible to assess behavioral aspects of intercultural competence in a particular professional area more effectively than survey methods. The SJT-ICC consists of 18 cases from pedagogical practice and four possible behavioral options for the teachers, from which the subject must choose the most appropriate one. These situations were prepared on the basis of qualitative research in the format of in-depth interviews centered around difficult, critical situations that a teacher encounters when working with children and par¬ents from other cultures (n=53). The assessment of the intercultural competence of the answer options was made on the basis of an expert survey of 23 special-ists.1367 teachers took part in the research to validate and check the consisten¬cy of the SJT-ICC. The outcome of the categorical principal component analysis (CatPCA) was a one-scale structure of the SJT-ICC which was confirmed by the confirmatory factor analysis. The relationship between the results of the SJT-ICC and the scales used for validation is predictable: intercultural competence is associated with indicators of professional success of a teacher working with students of other cultures. It is concluded that the SJT-ICC can be effectively used to assess the prerequisites for intercultural success among Russian teachers.

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Keywords: intercultural competence, teacher, situational judgment test, cross-cultural communication, immigrants

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was supported by the MSUPE project «Measuring intercultural compe¬tence in teachers».

Received: 29.10.2021


For citation: Khukhlaev O.E., Pavlova O.S., Khakimov E.R., Khukhlaeva O.V., Аlexandrova E.A., Krivtsova A.S., Leybman I.Y., Usybyan S.A. Measuring Intercultural Competence in Teachers: Development and Evaluation of Situational Judgment Test. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2021. Vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 46–57. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2021260603. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Oleg E. Khukhlaev, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Acre, Israel, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga S. Pavlova, PhD in Education, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Cross-cultural Psychology and Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

E. R. Khakimov, PhD in Education, Head, Education and Cultural Center Sippola, Sippola, Finland, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga V. Khukhlaeva, Doctor of Education, associate professor, professor of the Chair of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems in Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena A. Аlexandrova, PhD in Culture, associate professor at the chair of etnopsychology and psychological problems of multicultural education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna S. Krivtsova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychological Problems in Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina Y. Leybman, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychological Problems in Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Shushanik A. Usybyan, UMR Specialist of the International Relations Department of MSPPU, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Post-Graduate Student of the Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University (MSPPU), Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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