ERIC Number: ED209569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Do Interest Inventories Aid Students Toward Their College Major and Occupational Choices?
Goodson, William Dale
Interest inventories have been used extensively in high schools and universities to help students make career choices. To determine whether interest inventories aid students with their career development toward their college major and occupational choice, students were assigned to one of six interest inventory groups: Strong-Campbell (N=44); Kuder DD (N=44); Jackson JVIS (N=45); College Major Card Sort (N=54); Control I (N=42); and Control II (N=41). The students completed the Career Development Survey to assess their levels of development toward their college major and occupational choices. One control group received a pre-test and a post-test to check the reliability of the instrument and to assess the effect of a pre-test on the post-test. Significant differences occurred between the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors; however, no significant differences existed between the sexes. The interest inventory groups had slightly higher means; however, no significant differences existed between the six groups. The findings suggest that interest inventories may not aid students toward their career choices as much as is assumed. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (St. Louis, MO, April 12-15, 1981).