ERIC Number: ED090480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Vocational Choice Process of Non-Professional Workers: A Review of Holland's Theory and the Sociological Theories. Monograph 1.
Salomone, Paul R.; Shrey, Donald E.
This paper is a review of recent research relevant to Holland's theory of vocational choice as it may apply to non-professional workers. Section I focuses on studies which use working adults and, to some extent, vocational high school students as subjects. Section II provides a review of sociological viewpoints of the impact which chance factors may make on an individual's vocational decision. In general, the reviewers found mixed results concerning the validity of Holland's theoretical propositions. There is some evidence that person-environment congruence is related to other important vocational variables and much agreement--across theorists and researchers--that workers search for a vocational environment compatible with their vocational personality. Other hypothetical assumptions made by Holland were less well supported. They include the concept of the consistency of a vocational personality and the interpretation of personality patterns as homogeneous differentiated or heterogeneous. There is much evidence to support Holland's vocational typology. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY.