ERIC Number: ED448368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Combining Interests and Aptitudes into Career Recommendations.
Harmon, Victoria M.; Bizot, Elizabeth B.
Interests and abilities have been cited as important concepts in the career guidance of adolescents. While it is important for students to understand these constructs independently, particularly if they are not congruent, their complex relationship can make it difficult to combine the information into career directions. This paper considers a computerized approach to combining aptitudes and interests into a single report that can be used by the student and as an aid to school counselors. The Ball Career System, an aptitude based career exploration tool for high school students, includes a means to connect student's aptitude profile to occupational clusters in the Aptitude Pattern Indicator (API). Ninth graders (N=1,633; 50.4% male; 49.6% female) from 3 high schools in the Midwest completed the Ball Aptitude Battery to compare interests and the API aptitude recommendations. Each student's API aptitude recommendation was compared to his or her API interest recommendation. The results show evidence of gender and aptitude differences across the API interest clusters. As interests and aptitudes do not have a simple relationship, students need to understand both. A report that could combine the two would help simplify career exploration, both for the student and the school counselor. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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