ERIC Number: ED254749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Pilot Study on Career Choices of High Achievers versus Non-Achievers with Reference to Locus of Control and Field Dependence.
Garner, C. William; Perrino, Francis M.
This research study investigated whether locus of control and field dependence had a relationship to student achievement in grades 11 and 12, and if there were any relationship between these variables and career choice. Using the Self-Directed Search and identifying the first letter of the three-letter code created by answering the questions in the test and identified through the students' perceived occupational preference, a comparison was made to the student's locus of control, field dependence, and achievement status. From 50 high achievers and 50 non-achievers in grades 11 and 12, a random sample of 13 students was selected from each group to identify potential relationships and differences. High achievers were found to have a more significant internal locus of control and to be significantly more field independent than low achievers. In both of the career codes (summary and choice), the first letter for the high achievers and for those with an internal locus was found to be predominantly investigative, while the first letter for the non-achievers and for those with an external locus was realistic. In addition, the Self-Directed Search provided three-letter combinations felt to be aligned with certain occupational possibilities. However, there are some three-letter codes not felt to be compatible with job possibilities; 5 of the 13 non-achievers had such codes, while all of the high achievers had appropriate codes. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Directed Search