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ERIC Number: ED245064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Computer Program for Experimental Use in Vocational Guidance and Research.
Athanasou, James A.
A computer-assisted vocational exploration package has been designed for use in guidance and research by senior high school students in Australia. Intended to complement the work of psychologists, counselors, and guidance officers, the OSSIE (Occupational Selection by Similar Interest Exploration) package relies upon the individual's stated interests, values, and potential educational level to focus on occupational choice. The program, which takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete, is interactive, self-adaptive, and user-friendly. Six components comprise the package. The introduction is a guide to the package and initial assessment of choices. Using the next five subsystems, the student (1) examines 10 career interest categories and rates the importance of each one, (2) determines/varies the level of education and training sought, (3) rates self and five preferred occupations on 13 work values, (4) chooses and compares all five occupations in a simulated exercise, and (5) evaluates OSSIE and is provided with a summary of his/her responses. Preliminary results from a field trial indicate that students found career guidance more interesting with the use of computers and support previous findings of high user acceptance and liking for interactive guidance programs. (A sample OSSIE transcript is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, Career Exploration, Career Guidance, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Educational Attainment, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Occupational Information, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Student Educational Objectives, Values, Vocational Interests, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Dept. of Industrial Relations, Darlinghurst (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia