ERIC Number: ED411393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-15
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Self-Efficacy and Interests: Relationships of Holland Themes to College Major.
Isaacs, Jeremy J.; Borgen, Fred H.; Donnay, David A. C.; Hansen, Tara A.
The relationship between self-efficacy/interests and college major was the focus of a study. A sample of 760 midwestern college students reported their present college major on a demographic questionnaire and completed either the research version of the 1994 Strong Interest Inventory (SII) or the actual 1994 SII and the 1996 Skills Confidence Inventory (SCI). The students were divided into six groups based on categories of college majors that were formulated by using Holland's six general occupational themes (GOTs): realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. Twelve univariate analyses of variance were used to determine the extent to which the GOTs and the six general confidence themes (GCTs) included on the SCI contributed to the separation of students into six groups. F ratios were calculated to determine significance, and Wilks' lambdas were calculated at the univariate level to determine effect sizes for each GOT and GCT. Results suggest that self-efficacy and interests are related to college major in accordance with Holland's typology. The six SII GOTs and the six SCI GCTs predicted Holland majors. Combined, the GOT and GCT have even greater discriminant power. (Contains 12 references) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strong Interest Inventory