ERIC Number: ED356256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
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The Career Beliefs Inventory: A Review and Critique.
The Career Beliefs Inventory (CBI) is a counseling tool with the purpose of identifying beliefs as they relate to occupational choice and the pursuit of a career. The inventory can be administered individually or to a group ranging in age from grade 8 to adult. The CBI is a 96-item paper-and-pencil test written at an eighth-grade reading level. Items are grouped into 25 scales organized under 5 headings. All test items are in a Likert format. The materials are straightforward and easy to use. Scoring and interpretation are easy to understand if the computer-scoring services of the publisher are used. Hand-scoring is confusing, and the procedures are not outlined in the manual. Norms are available based on a sample of over 7,500 people in the United States and Australia, ranging from junior high students to employed adults. Evidence for test-retest reliabilities, face validity, and construct validity is reviewed. Strengths of the CBI include ease of administration, clarity of instructions, attractive appearance, and the organization of the test booklet and answer sheet. The recent introduction of the instrument makes the psychometric properties hard to evaluate, but the evidence for reliability and validity does not seem adequate. Further research focusing on reliability and validity would enhance the useful information generated by the CBI. (SLD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Australia; Career Beliefs Inventory; Paper and Pencil Tests; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Austin, TX, January 28-30, 1993).