ERIC Number: ED215204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Combining Expressed Vocational Choice and Measures of Career Development to Predict Future Occupational Field.
Noeth, Richard J.
A study was designed to test predictability of actual occupation from expressed vocational choice when combined separately with measures of career development. Subjects were 1,994 members of a national study of high school career development who were working more than half-time three years later (1976). Expressed vocational choice and measures of career development were collected through administration of the Assessment of Career Development (ACD) which allows choices and occupations to be categorized into Holland-type job clusters. Weighted hit rates and coefficient Kappa were used in the analyses; the criterion was occupation held two years after high school. High scores on the ACD scales used did not enhance the predictability of vocational choice. Furthermore, high scoring on the ACD were not better predictors of their future occupation than low scoring students. Findings seemed to lay open to question the practicality of career development measures in certain counseling-related activities. The sample may, however, simply not have had the time to find, train for, and work in occupations of their choice. Results implied that counselors should not rely on career development as an indicator of future career behavior and that future research should explore usefulness of measures of career development. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assessment of Career Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 1982).