ERIC Number: ED249415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Expressed and Tested Vocational Interests of Vocational Technical Students versus Non-College Bound Students Using the Career Assessment Inventory.
Thompson, Rosemary A.
Within the secondary school setting, counselors and educators increasingly need to look beyond the traditional dichotomy between the college bound and the noncollege bound student. To examine the relationship between expressed and measured vocational interests for a sample of vocational technical students and a sample of noncollege bound students, 61 vocational technical students and 83 noncollege bound students completed a Likert-type scale on vocational interests and the Career Assessment Inventory. An analysis of the results showed no significant differences between expressed and measured interests. For vocational technical students, the highest correlations were found for electronics, carpentry, science, and medical service. For noncollege bound students, the highest correlations were found for office practice, religious activities, science, and medical service. On both measures, the two groups differed significantly in all areas except agriculture, nature/outdoors, science, numbers, and arts and crafts. In addition, on the expressed interest measure, the subjects differed on religious activities, and sales and food service. These findings suggest that the two groups have different educational orientations and career interests, and they should be counseled accordingly. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Career Assessment Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1983).