ERIC Number: ED107335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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Measured Aptitudes vs Self-Rating in Identifying Occupations.
City Coll. of San Francisco, CA.
Since 1972, guidance counselors at the City College of San Francisco have been using a computerized system called the Computer Assisted Occupational Survey (CAOS) to help students make career choices. CAOS uses a battery of aptitude tests to measure verbal and numerical abilities, spatial visualization, clerical perception, and general learning ability. Test scores are converted into a profile which is then related to Aptitude Qualifications Profiles found in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Before taking the aptitude test battery students make a self-estimate of expected standing on the tests. The California Occupational Survey (COPS), which measures occupational interests, is also administered. This study was undertaken to determine if occupational areas identified for exploration through aptitude test measurement corresponded to areas identified by student self-estimate of aptitudes. For only one of the 20 students studied was there much mutual identification of occupational areas. The data do not suggest which is the more valid approach; they only show that the two tend not to yield consistent results. Instances in which congruence of areas occurs perhaps offer the most significant leads. The revealed tendency of students to underestimate themselves suggests that more positive encouragement may derive from impersonal objective measurement. Tabulated data are appended. (Author/DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: City Coll. of San Francisco, CA.