ERIC Number: ED195824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of Alternative Career Decision-Making Strategies on the Quality of Resulting Decisions. Final Report.
Krumboltz, John D.; And Others
A project studied whether methods used to make career decisions affect their outcomes. Part A describes the correlational study to discover how thoughts and actions of community college students related to their satisfaction with outcomes of their decisions. It focuses on the administration to 255 community college students of a Decision-Making Questionnaire (DMQ) to measure actions and thoughts representing five different decision-making styles: rational, impulsive, intuitive, dependent, and fatalistic. Summaries are presented of decision-making behavior associated most highly with ratings of decision outcome satisfaction, decision importance, and decision confidence. Part B reports the experimental study to discover whether teaching a systematic "rational" procedure for making decisions would improve the "quality" of the resulting decisions. (A good decision is one yielding consequences consistent with the decider's values.) It describes development and use of the Career Decision Simulation (CDS), a standardized procedure for assessing career decision quality through use of an objective, numerical scoring system and providing data on a person's decision-making style. Among findings was that training in rational decision making was not as effective as might be desired. Further research suggestions for this and the correlational study are discussed. Appendixes, amounting to approximately one-half of the report, include the DMQ, DMQ factor analyses, CDS administrator's manual, and curriculum and instructor's guide for teaching rational decision-making and interviewing skills. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School of Education.