ERIC Number: ED330959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Career Interest Search: A Prototype Computer-Assisted Occupational Interest Inventory for Functionally Illiterate Adults.
Kimball, James C.
This study developed a prototype occupational interest inventory for academically disadvantaged/functionally illiterate adults. The reliability and validity of the prototype were determined by comparing the results with those of a standardized commercially-available occupational interest inventory. A counterbalance design was employed with 30 academically disadvantaged/functionally illiterate adults to compare three occupational interest inventories: (1) United States Employment Services (USES); (2) Paper-Pencil Prototype Interest Inventory; and (3) Microcomputer Prototype Interest Inventory. The research results achieved acceptable reliability and concurrent validity of the prototype occupational interest inventories, particularly the microcomputer version. The microcomputer"Career Interest Search" could be a valuable assessment tool to assist academically disadvantaged/functionally illiterate adults in any setting. It has several advantages which make its use desirable: it is inexpensive and user- friendly; it provides immediate feedback/results and personalized/private assessment; reference materials are easily obtained; it encourages further exploration and counselor contact; and it lists recognizable job activities/tasks in the items as opposed to references to school subjects and occupational titles in the USES Interest Inventory items. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991).