ERIC Number: ED102444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Effects of Variations in the Administration of the Self-Directed Search on Scoring Accuracy and Satisfaction with Results. Research Report No. 3-74.
Christensen, Kathleen C.; And Others
This study examined the effects of three variables on self-scoring accuracy and satisfaction with results on Holland's Self Directed Search. The sample consisted of 489 freshmen who took the SDS during orientation. The three independent variables were the test administrator's attitude toward the SDS (positive or neutral), the size of the group taking the SDS (25 or 100), and the use of monitors during the administration (monitoring or no monitoring). Over one-fourth of the subjects made scoring errors resulting in incorrect high point codes, and over one-half made errors affecting their final three-letter summary code. Less than half the subjects felt their results were useful or reasonable. Of the three independent variables, only monitoring significantly reduced self-scoring errors, and none affected satisfaction, although trends toward interactions of the two other variables with monitoring emerged. Questions were raised about whether, even with monitoring, error rates are too high and satisfaction too low to warrant use of the SDS, in its present form, as a self-counseling device. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Directed Search