ERIC Number: ED087883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
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Diagnostic Scheme for Specifying Vocational Assistance.
Holland, John L.; And Others
The validity of some theoretically-derived vocational diagnostic signs was examined to learn if a person's self-knowledge, occupational knowledge, and decision-making ability were predictable. Diverse samples of high school juniors (N = 1005), college juniors (N = 692), and employed adults (N = 140) were administered the Self-Directed Search (the source of the diagnostic signs) and the criteria for validating the signs (The Career Maturity Inventory, a decision-making task, questionnaire items about vocational choice, scales measuring identity, anomy, originality, and interpersonal competency). The signs for good decision-making ability (consistency and differentiation of the SDS profiles) predicted scores on the decision-making task more efficiently than any non-SDS variables. In contrast, the signs concerned with self and occupational knowledge had no convergent or discriminant validity. The results for the decision-making signs, however, imply some immediate practical applications and some potentially valuable theoretical investigations. (Data tables and a 21-item bibliography 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.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Directed Search