ERIC Number: ED037773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-6
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A Spatial Configuration of Occupations.
Cole, Nancy S.; And Others
Vocational Preference Inventory (VPI) scores and vocational choice were collected from 6,289 male freshmen at 31 colleges in the spring of 1964. The same data was collected from 12,345 male two-year college freshmen at 66 institutions in 1968. From the correlation matrix of the six VPI scale scores given in Holland, a principal components analysis was performed. Through occupational configuration, a two dimensional map was set up showing the relationship of occupations to each other on the basis of VPI. Holland's classification differs from configural analysis because of the latter use of standardized scores. Several concepts can be operationalized through the use of configuration, such as: (1) job similarity, (2) congruence of an individual and occupation, (3) stability of occupational choice and (4) differentiation of interests. Other potential uses of spatial configuration are discussed in relation to research questions. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970