ERIC Number: ED167833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Theories of Career Development and Occupational Choice: Self and Teaching/Counseling Implications.
Mannebach, Alfred J.
A study was conducted to determine which of nine theories of career development and occupational choice were (1) ranked as most important in regard to the role each played in the subject's own career development and (2) were ranked as most important in regard to the usefulness of the theory in teaching and/or counseling students. Each of seventy-one students enrolled in a course (three separate classes) in career education were asked to rank nine prominent theories of career development/occupational choice in regard to the role each played in her/his own career development and in regard to the usefulness in teaching and/or counseling his/her students. Holland's Personality Theory of Vocational Choice was judged most important in the development of the participants' careers. Close behind was Super's Developmental Self-Concept Theory and Blau's Conceptual Framework of Occupational Choice. O'Hara's Learning Theory, Super's Developmental Self-Concept Theory, and Hoppock's Composit Theory had a mean rank of first through third respectively in regard to the usefulness of the theories for teaching and/or counseling students. In addition, a rank-order correlation was computed to determine the degree of relationship between the rankings of the theories in regard to self-development and usefulness in teaching and/or counseling. Correlations ranged from .79 to .98. The order that emerged is subject to further study. Other populations may rank the theories differently, depending on background and experience. (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 11, 1979); Not available in hard copy due to thin type in the original document