ERIC Number: ED103662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Relation of Vocational Aspirations and Assessments to Employment Reality. Report No. 181.
Gottfredson, Gary D.; And Others
A typology (Holland's classification scheme) was used to organize Census data about kinds of employment, survey data about people's aspirations, and the results of vocational assessments made with and without norms for men and women at two educational levels--some high school or above, and some college or above. Results indicate that kinds of employment differ greatly for different educational levels and between the sexes. The distribution of people's aspirations resembles the distribution of actual employment with some notable exceptions. Results also indicate that the use of sex-based interest inventory norms is unrealistic because they create distributions that diverge greatly from the distribution of actual employment. Some implications of the congruence between kinds of people and their employment are discussed for vocational guidance, test development and career development research and theory. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.