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ERIC Number: ED083297
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The Career Construct: An Extension of Kuhn's Twenty Statements Test.
Mend, Michael R.
The Career Construct (CC) is a free-response instrument patterened after Kuhn's TST. It is introduced as a tool appropriate to the investigation of some symbolic interactionist questions focusing on the temproal and processual features of actor's courses of action. The main features of the CC are: (1) a free-response listing of 10 anticipated future life events; (2) Likert type items tapping respondent's attitudes toward each listed event along six different dimensions; and (3) four measures of CC "configurational patterns" (i.e., perceptions of conflict, complementarity, and means-ends relationships among listed events; and an importance ranking of events). A working hypothesis is inferred from Blumer's discussion of constructed actions: respondent's attitudes toward any given CC event will vary with that event's configurational locus in the CC. An exploratory analysis of this hypothesis, using CC protocols produced by 295 college students, is presented. It shows moderate to strong relationships between configurational locus of "graduation from college" on the one hand and subjective certainty of graduation on the other. It also shows that while control for sex does not affect the relationship involving the configurational factor of "conflict," there is a strong interaction effect for the relationship involving "complementarity." Complementarity does not influence subjective certainty of graduation for men, but for women, subjective certainty of graduation is increased when that is seen as complementary with other CC events. (Author/DB)
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