ERIC Number: ED092855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Applying a Typology to Vocational Aspirations.
Holland, John L.; Gottfredson, Gary D.
The psychological meaning and predictive value of a person's vocational aspirations were examined by applying Holland's typology to the vocational aspirations of high school juniors (N=1,005), college juniors (N=692), employed adults (N=140), and a second sample of college students studied over a 1 year interval (N=624). The aspirational data were obtained from the Daydreams section of the Self-Directed Search (Holland, 1972). Categorical and correctional analyses show that a person's retrospective vocational aspirations have coherence and yield efficient predictions. In addition, the degree of coherence or similarity among a person's vocational aspirations provides a potentially useful index of a person's decision-making ability. Vocational aspirations were also found to be more predictive of future vocational status than were interest inventories, suggesting that these aspirations can serve as a validity check on the Self-Directed Search itself. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Directed Search