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ERIC Number: ED003029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Pages: 369
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COGNITIVE PROCESSES IN CAREER DECISION-MAKING.
HILTON, THOMAS L.; AND OTHERS
THE PROBLEM OF THIS LONGITUDINAL STUDY WAS TO IDENTIFY THE COGNITIVE PROCESSES WHICH ARE INVOLVED IN CAREER DECISION-MAKING AND THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF THESE PROCESSES ON CAREER DEVELOPMENT. AREAS OF CONCERN WERE (1) IDENTIFICATION OF STRATEGIES BY WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL CAN OVERCOME DECISION-MAKING DIFFICULTY, (2) ASSESSMENT OF THE SHORT-TERM EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT CAUSES OF INDECISION ON CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND (3) THE PREDICTION OF LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF INDECISION ON THE STABILITY OF OCCUPATIONAL ROLE ACCEPTANCE. THE WORK WAS IN TWO PHASES. PHASE 1 CONSISTED OF A SERIES OF TEST ADMINISTRATIONS AND RECORDED INTERVIEWS WITH 30 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN THEIR LAST YEAR OF FORMAL EDUCATION. IN PHASE 2, TWO DIFFERENT SAMPLES OF GRADUATE STUDENTS WERE GIVEN A LONG PERSONAL HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE. THE FIRST SAMPLE PROVIDED A PRETEST OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE AND THE SECOND SAMPLE TESTED HYPOTHESES FROM THE FIRST. RESULTS OF PHASE 1 SHOWED THAT THE SUBJECTS WERE QUITE INDEFINITE ABOUT OCCUPATIONAL PLANS, EVEN AT THE END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR. SYSTEMATIC CHANGES IN PERSONAL VALUES OCCURRED OVER THE YEAR. THE CLEAREST CONCLUSION DRAWN FROM PHASE 2 WAS THAT THOSE GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO CONTINUE STUDY FOR THE PH.D. MUST BE TREATED SEPARATELY FROM THOSE WHO PLAN TO STOP WITH THE M.S. DEGREE. IMPLICATIONS OF THE RESEARCH FINDINGS ARE PRESENTED. (JC)
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Inst. of Tech., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Ghiselli Self Description Inventory; OSGOOD:S SEMANTIC DIFFERENTIAL TEST; PENNSYLVANIA; Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh); Study of Values (Allport Vernon Lindzey)