ERIC Number: ED201721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-20
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Correlating Intellectual Abilities with Successful Vocational Training and Placement of Licensed Practical Nurses Using the Structure of Intellect Assessment Procedure. Final Report.
Tracy, George S.; Baer, Michelle
A study was conducted to answer the following questions: (1) What intellectual abilities are essential in a successful vocational training program? (2) To what degree can intellectual abilities be used to predict successful job placement? and (3) To what degree does rationale of job preference affect successful job placement? The assessment instrument used in the study was the Structure of Intellect (SOI), a program and curriculum developed according to a formal theory of intelligence. SOI identifies the characteristics of intelligence in terms of three dimensions: operations (how the individual thinks); content (the type of information presented); and products (the manner in which the information is organized). The SOI assessment was administered to five groups: students currently enrolled in vocational technical licensed practical nurse (LPN) training programs; vocational-technical students who had dropped out of LPN training programs; graduates of vocational technical programs who were practicing LPNs; currently enrolled vocational-technical students in welding programs; and practicing nurses aides. The study showed the SOI to be a useful instrument in determining patterns of intellectual abilities necessary for functioning successfully in a specific vocation. However, many other factors, such as interests, personality, and motivation, relate to success on the job. Based on the study, the researchers infer that the SOI is most useful in screening individuals into training programs to provide direction to remediate deficiencies and maximize strengths. It is not possible to determine the efficiency of the SOI in predicting job performance from this limited study. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Div. of Vocational Education.
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