ERIC Number: ED259706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
Using Microcomputer Based Career Guidance Systems in a University Setting: Reaction Data from Users.
Kapes, Jerome T.; And Others
This report compares the effectiveness of two microcomputer based career guidance systems that are gaining widespread acceptance--the System of Interactive Guidance and Information (SIGI), produced by the Educational Testing Service, and DISCOVER, produced by the American College Testing Program. Both systems are designed to lead the user through an evaluation of abilities, interests, and/or values to establish a personal basis for choosing career alternatives. The two systems were evaluated by two distinct groups of Texas A&M students--beginning undergraduates and master's level counseling students. This report chronicles the results of that evaluation, as well as the methods used to collect and interpret student data. The results show that both undergraduate and graduate students gave the SIGI and DISCOVER systems high ratings, showing very little difference in their preference for one system over the other. Sample reaction questionnaires are included, together with statistical information on the responses of both groups. A concluding discussion comments on research in the field of computerized guidance counseling and suggests a need for high standards in selection and administration of such systems. (JB)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Austin, TX, January 31, 1985).