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ERIC Number: ED084434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 55
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Validity and Readability of the Occupational Information Access System "QUEST" Questionnaire.
McKinlay, Bruce
The purpose of the report was to examine the readability of the Occupational Information Access System (OIAS) QUEST questionnaire and the validity of independent client use of the questionnaire as an information gathering device. Readability formulas rate the QUEST questionnaire "easy" or "fairly easy" and they rank the occupational descriptors "difficult" or "very difficult," as they do other occupational information materials. In field testing, however, users rated the system as easy or very easy to use with wording problems reported on only two percent of the QUEST questions answered; only one-half of the percent of the questions were wording problems resulting in response errors. A readability and validity test in three Employment Service offices indicated that client self-reports of preferences and abilities concurred with counselor estimates about 80 percent of the time. There is some indication in this research that client self-reports are as valid as counselor estimates, and other research summarized in this report indicates that self-reporting is as valid as testing. It was concluded that although self-reporting may not be relied upon completely for all clients, it is at least one of the appropriate bases for questionnaire response. (Author/SC)
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