ERIC Number: ED087882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
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Experimental Study of the Reaction of High School Students to Simulated Jobs.
Helms, Samuel T.; Williams, Gerald D.
The experiment used a repeated measures design to test some hypotheses about the reaction of high school students to simulated jobs. Students explored six divergent jobs in random order and gave their reactions to each job by filling out a standard questionnaire. The results strongly support some revised formulations of Holland's theory of how people react to jobs. The theory assumes people can be characterized according to six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. The environments in which people live can be characterized by their resemblance to six model environments whose categories are the same as those of the personality types. Finally, according to the theory, the pairing of persons and environments leads to predictable and understandable outcomes. The degree of congruency a student experiences between himself and a standard work simaulation usually coincides with the degree of congruency estimated from a theoretical model. The results are statistically significant and substantial for both girls (N = 92) and boys (N = 127). (The questionnaire and data tables are included in the report.) (Author/AG)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.