ERIC Number: ED292989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Cognitive Skills and Vocational Interests of Intermediate Adolescents.
Wakefield, John F.
The relationships between vocational interests and cognitive skills were explored through a study of the measured interests and thinking skills of 63 eighth-grade students. Verified scores on the ACT Interest Inventory were correlated with logic, insight, divergent-thinking, and creative-thinking test scores as well as with scores on measures of IQ and achievement. Two patterns of relationship were found. On the one hand, interest in science correlated with logic, insight, IQ, and achievement. On the other, interest in the arts correlated with logic, divergent thinking, and creative thinking, but not with IQ or achievement. When IQ was controlled, first-order partial correlations between scientific interests and logic and artistic interests, logic, divergent thinking, and creative thinking remained significant. Although the size of correlations did not exceed previous findings, these contrasting intellectual profiles differed enough to warrant exploration of educational implications. (Five data tables are appended.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).