ERIC Number: ED078012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Preliminary Evaluation of an Instrument to Measure the Vocational Interests of Low-Reading High School Students.
Lokan, Janice J.
A Vocational Interest Inventory was developed for vocational high school students with low reading level, short test-attention span, low IQ, and impoverished educational and family background. The VII, of which there are separate versions for boys and girls, consists of items representing job tasks, for each of which the respondent indicates his preference on a four-point scale. All items are presented pictorially and verbally, and most words are at a reading level of grades 5 to 6. A total of 212 boys and 106 girls in the validation sample, and 193 boys and 132 girls in the cross-validation sample, completed the inventory. The time required varied from five to ten minutes, depending on reading level. Factor analyses of responses were performed for both samples. Retesting was conducted over intervals of 4, 9, and 13 months for the CVS and over 21 and 33 months for the VS to determine scale stabilities. Stability indices were low, suggesting that the vocational interests of low ability students are more fluid than the academic interests of students expecting to complete high school. Scales were found to have predictive validity for the clusters of shop courses offered the students. The VII also seems to satisfy most of Kuder's 12 principles of interest measurement. Only sample pages from the inventory are provided. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Manpower and Immigration, Ottawa (Ontario).; Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Board of Education (Ontario). Research Centre.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Measurement in Education (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26-28, 1973)