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ERIC Number: ED439331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 5
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Operationalizing the Ability Chunk of Super's Vocational Theory.
Harrington, Thomas F.
This paper is about operationalizing three of fourteen theoretical propositions related to ability and self-beliefs set forth by Donald Super (1990). The three propositions are (1) people differ in their abilities, personalities, needs, values, self-concepts, and interests; (2) developing through the life stages can be guided by facilitating the maturing of abilities and interests and by aiding in reality testing; and (3) each occupation requires a characteristic pattern of abilities and personality traits. The paper describes Ability Explorer (AE), the instrument to operationalize these propositions. The AE is an instrument designed to help individuals complete a self-exploration of their abilities and relate this information to career or educational planning. The article explains how AE determines career groups of jobs related to a person's highest two abilities. It concludes that while Super's propositions are well known and objective measures of ability have long existed, it is important not to forget that abilities and self-concept beliefs are reciprocal. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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