ERIC Number: ED151651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Dimensions of the Army Recruiter and Guidance Counselor Job.
Borman, Walter C.; And Others
This research used multidimensional scaling (MDS) and a clustering technique described by Ward and Hook to discover the underlying dimensionality of tasks associated with the Army recruiter and guidance counselor jobs. Within the project a recruiter/guidance counselor task list was developed and 101 USAREC personnel familiar with these two jobs sorted the tasks into dimensions according to the tasks' perceived similarity with respect to job function. These sorting solutions yielded a similarity matrix defining the similarity distance between each task pair. After appropriate transformations, these similarities were analyzed using the MDS and Ward and Hook procedures. The MDS provided these four broad task dimensions: Prospecting Activities, Publicizing the Army, Selling Army, and Administrative Activities. The Ward and Hook analysis yielded a far more differentiated solution--fully 26 clusters of tasks were identified and used to define relatively specific subdimensions of the more general MDS categories. The report discusses implications of the results for selecting and training Army recruiters. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Personnel Decisions, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.