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ERIC Number: ED013870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Mar
Pages: 162
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Reference Count: 0
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RESEARCH ON GENERAL VOCATIONAL CAPABILITIES (SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGES). FINAL REPORT.
ALTMAN, JAMES W.
THE OBJECTIVES WERE TO (1) DEVELOP AND VERIFY METHODS FOR DETERMINING GENERAL CAPABILITIES REQUIRED FOR JOBS, (2) DESCRIBE THE GENERAL VOCATIONAL CAPABILITIES OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND RELATE THEM TO INTELLECTUAL APTITUDES AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE, AND (3) DERIVE EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS FROM AN ANALYSIS OF THESE GENERAL VOCATIONAL CAPABILITIES. TASK BEHAVIORS FOR EACH OF 31 OCCUPATIONS HAVING MAJOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE WERE TRANSLATED INTO MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST ITEMS. THE ITEMS, RATIONALLY ORGANIZED INTO A SET OF TESTS RESULTING IN A TOTAL OF 24 TESTS, WERE ADMINISTERED TO ABOUT 10,000 STUDENTS FROM GRADE 9 THROUGH JUNIOR COLLEGE IN THE WOODS COUNTY (PARKERSBURG), WEST VIRGINIA AND QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL SYSTEMS. ANALYSES WERE PERFORMED FOR GIRLS AND BOYS SEPARATELY AND FOR THE COMBINED GROUP. SCORES OF ALL TESTS FOR EACH OCCUPATION WERE ANALYZED IN TERMS OF RELATIVE MALE VERSUS FEMALE MEAN PERFORMANCE. ONE OF THE MAJOR FINDINGS WAS THAT THERE IS A DEFINABLE AND WELL-STRUCTURED DOMAIN OF VOCATIONAL CAPABILITIES WHICH HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN WELL DEFINED AND WHICH IS NOT BEING SYSTEMATICALLY TAUGHT BY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. THIS DOMAIN PROMISES TO ENHANCE THE FLEXIBILITY WITH WHICH STUDENTS CAN APPLY THE RESULTS OF THEIR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES. THE APPENDIX INCLUDES SAMPLES OF PRODUCTS FROM INTERIM STAGES OF THE PROJECT AND SOME OF THE DETAILED STATISTICAL RESULTS. (SL)
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Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: MASSACHUSETTS; QUINCY; WEST VIRGINIA; West Virginia (Wood County)