ERIC Number: ED022471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Changes in the Vocational Plans of College Students: Orderly or Random?
Holland, John L.; Whitney, Douglas R.
This extension of an earlier study investigated the hypothesis that occupational choices follow orderly or lawful patterns and can be predicted from initial choices. By applying Holland's scheme of classification to students' successive occupational choices, the authors learned that the classification provides a practical definition of occupational relatedness. They found that the use of a 3-digit Vocational Preference Inventory (VPI) code and of this definition of relatedness resulted in improved predictions over those made using only the highest VPI scale. Occupational change "maps" are presented to assist understanding of the concepts and findings. In addition, the efficiency of Holland's classification scheme was compared with a related one by Roe (1966). For prediction purposes either scheme is better than none, but more comparative tests with different populations for several purposes are needed to establish their usefulness and relative value. (Author/HH)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.