ERIC Number: ED287146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
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Cluster Analysis of Vocationally Undecided Students: A Replication and Validation.
Lucas, Margaretha S.; Epperson, Douglas L.
Many studies which have investigated the differences between decided and undecided subjects have assumed homogeneity of both subsets, but results of these studies do not justify such a assumption. This study attempted to identify, multidimensionally, types of vocationally undecided college students. Data on 11 variables from 276 undecided undergraduate students were entered into a cluster analysis. Data from the cluster analysis suggest that the optimal partioning of the data was obtained with a five-cluster solution. Analyses of variance and a chi-square analysis using variables not included in the clustering process provided evidence of the validity of found clusters. To assess the reliability of the clustering process, the total sample was split into two subsamples and a five-cluster solution was imposed on each of the subsamples. The resulting clusters were compared to the clusters of the total sample and to the findings of a former, similar study. These comparisons provide support for the reliability of three of the five clusters. The emergence of these clusters suggests a multidimensional perspective of vocational decidedness with apparent implications for differential treatment. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).