ERIC Number: ED205132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
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Predicting Choice of Academic College from JVIS Scores of College Freshmen.
Locklin, Ralph H.
A large sample of entering freshmen men and women at the Pennsylvania State University completed the Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS) during orientation. The instrument's 34 scores together with SAT math and verbal scores were analyzed in a stepwise discriminant function procedure with groups defined by the students' initial choice of academic college. Data for men and women were analyzed separately since two initial college groups were collapsed in a way that made the final sets of groups different for men and women. For men, SAT math and verbal scores and 21 JVIS scales were identified as contributing to group discrimination. For women, SAT math and 19 JVIS scales were similarly identified. These variables accounted for nearly 80 percent of between-groups variation. Classification functions correctly predicted actual college enrollment at a rate of about 60 percent for both men and women. Jackknifed classification functions were at about 56 percent for men and about 53 percent for women, indicating substantial stability in cross-validation. The JVIS is seen as promising for providing vocational counselors with an instrument that offers a sound alternative to vocational interest instruments currently on the market. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.