ERIC Number: EJ775924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Discriminating among Educational Majors and Career Aspirations in Taiwanese Undergraduates: The Contribution of Personality and Self-Efficacy
Larson, Lisa M.; Wei, Meifen; Wu, Tsui-Feng; Borgen, Fred H.; Bailey, Donna C.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v54 n4 p395-408 Oct 2007
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the Big Five personality factors, measured by the NEO Personality Inventory Five-Factor Inventory (Costa & McCrae, 1992), and vocational confidence across Holland's hexagon, measured by the Skills Confidence Inventory (SCI; Betz, Borgen, & Harmon, 2005), were useful in discriminating among educational majors and career aspirations for 312 Taiwanese university students. The Big Five and confidence, in combination, significantly differentiated among 4 college majors and 7 career aspirations in a Taiwanese university sample. Big Five Agreeableness and SCI Realistic, Investigative, and Conventional confidence emerged as most salient in the discrimination. Differences by sex, major, and career aspiration were mostly consistent with social cognitive career theory, Holland's theory, and prior U.S. research.
Descriptors: Personality, Self Efficacy, Vocational Interests, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Personality Theories, Education Majors, Career Choice, Interest Inventories, Undergraduate Students, Social Cognition, Individual Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: NEO Five Factor Inventory; NEO Personality Inventory