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ERIC Number: ED137525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Expand the Use of Cognitive-Style Mapping as a Counseling Tool. Final Report.
Boyer, Ray G.
The premise of this project was to reveal the differences in job-style requirements by using a technique called cognitive-style mapping, the thesis being that each job or occupation requires a person having a particular cognitive style system compatible with the job style or requirements. Cognitive style mapping is a technique used to assess an individual's style for surviving in a given environment--educational, occupational, or social. The project was an extension of the present use of cognitive mapping techniques in a small number of schools on a pilot basis to determine a student's strengths and weaknesses in an effort to plan his survival for the first year of college. Cognitive mapping instruments and techniques developed in previous experimental or pilot modes by the principal investigator were redesigned and tested for discrimination. Employers of persons in the selected occupations were contacted by letter and in person to recruit participation of employees and their supervisors in responding to the survey instruments related to 28 elements of cognitive style. From the cognitive maps of successful or surviving individuals in the 10 surveyed occupations (accounting, credit and finance, secretarial, clinical lab assistant, medical assistant, licensed practical nurse, drafting technology, electronics technology, surface mining operation technology, and welding technology), cognitive occupational maps were derived. A computer program for scoring and producing these and future individual and occupational maps was produced. It is concluded that cognitive mapping should be advanced from a pilot or test structure to operation status and be utilized in the Indiana Vocational Technical College system. The report contains the maps and analytical data for the ten job titles. (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Board of Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Vocational Technical Coll., Terre Haute.