ERIC Number: ED043892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Theory-Ridden, Computerless, Impersonal Vocational Guidance System.
Holland, John L.
Beginning with a brief summary of the need for practical vocational guidance systems, the author explains his Self Directed Search for Educational and Vocational Planning (SDS), which was developed to provide a cheap, practical, vocational guidance system having a high degree of scientific validty and client effectiveness. The SDS is a self-administered, self-scored and self-interpreted vocational counseling tool which contains an assessment booklet and a classification booklet, both of which are products of a theory of personality types and environmental models. The development of the SDS is summarized. An informed evaluation based on the use of the SDS with 5,000 widely divergent subjects suggests that: (1) 50% of those taking it like it; (2) others are troubled by the results and could use couseling; (3) the SDS is applicable to a wide age range; and (4) the SDS has the desirable characteristics of immediacy, self-direction, completeness, independence, personal development and safeguards. The conclusion suggests some beneficial side-effects of the SDS. (TL)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Guidance, Guidance, Guidance Objectives, Guidance Programs, Individual Characteristics, Systems Approach, Vocational Interests
John L. Holland, Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.; Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.
Note: Paper presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970