ERIC Number: ED170555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Construct Validity of Holland's Occupational Classification in Terms of Prestige, Census, Department of Labor and Other Classification Systems. Report No. 260.
Gottfredson, Linda S.
All 437 census occupational titles were assigned scores from the following five systems for describing occupations: (1) Holland's (1973) occupational typology; (2) an occupational prestige scale; (3) an occupational self-direction scale; (4) the "Dictionary of Occupational Titles"; and (5) the Census Bureau classification. Occupational reinforcer pattern scores (measures of reinforcer characteristics of work environments) from the Minnesota Work Adjustment Project were also available for 120 of the titles. Comparisons of the classifications indicate that Holland's occupational typology has considerable validity for describing work activities, general training requirements, and rewards, particularly when it is supplemented by a measure of occupational level. Results also indicate that Holland's theory and future tests of it should take more account of level differences among occupations and specify more clearly the particular domains of job characteristics to which they do and do not apply. (Data tables are appended.) (Author/BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.