Kruger and Dunning (1999) found the least skilled individuals significantly overestimate their performance. However, as individuals increase their awareness their skills their predictions also become more accurate – the Dunning-Kruger Effect. This study examined the ability of educational interpreters working in public schools to predict their scores on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) a measure of interpreting skills. Findings indicate interpreters experience a Dunning-Kruger Effect in that the least skilled interpreters overestimate their interpreting skills, whereas better interpreters underestimate their interpreting skills. These findings raise important questions about whether lesser skilled educational interpreters are able to adhere to ethical requirements of only accepting assignments they are qualified for, if they are prone to overestimate their skills.
"Educational Interpreters and the Dunning-Kruger Effect,"
Journal of Interpretation: Vol. 28:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/joi/vol28/iss2/1