ERIC Number: EJ723446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 62
On Conceptualizing and Assessing Social Cognitive Constructs in Career Research: A Measurement Guide
Lent, Robert W.; Brown, Steven D.
Journal of Career Assessment, v14 n1 p12-35 2006
Efforts to test hypotheses derived from social cognitive theory require sound measures of the theory's constructs. Because the theory is concerned with domain-specific aspects of human functioning, it raises special measurement challenges. For example, unlike traits, which can be indexed with general, all-purpose measures, social cognitive research calls for measures that are tailored to the specific domain and dependent variables of interest. To facilitate social cognitive research on career development, a guide is provided for conceptualizing and assessing the core constructs of social cognitive career theory: self-efficacy, outcome expectations, interests, goals, and contextual supports and barriers. The basic constructs and their common variants are defined and distinguished, unique measurement concerns are considered, and examples and suggestions are offered for measurement design and adaptation.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Career Development, Social Cognition, Cognitive Measurement, Measures (Individuals), Hypothesis Testing, Social Theories, Measurement Techniques, Expectation, Goal Orientation
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