ERIC Number: ED418124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-22
A Review and Critique of the COIN Basic Skills and Career Interest Survey.
Roberts, J. Kyle
The COIN Basic Skills and Career Interest Survey is a two-part measure using the combined scores of the Wonderlich Basic Skills Test (E. Long, V. Artese, and W. Clonts, 1994) (WBST) and the COIN Career Interest Survey (R. Durgin, J. Ryan, and R. Ryan, 1995; COIN Educational Products, Inc.) (CIS). The third part of this package involves the combination of the two sets of scores linked to specific occupations. The overall result of the test package is an interpreted result that gives a student elements necessary for career decision making, educational planning, and curriculum selection. The entire package is designed for use with high school students. The package is attractively presented and appropriate for its audience. The WBST was normed with individuals in 86 occupations in 1992. Reliability analyses performed by the test developers indicate that the WBST is a reasonably reliable test. However, the test package does not contain any record of testing for criterion validity, and there is a lack of technical information about the CIS. If the instrument is intended to be used in a prescriptive way for future workers, then much work needs to be done to ensure that the questions that are asked and the prescriptions made are reliable and valid. Further work needs to be done by COIN to establish the reliability and validity of evidence from this package, but it is enjoyable to take, and might be a useful tool for graduating high school seniors once norms, validity, and reliability are established. (Contains five references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, January 22, 1998).