ERIC Number: ED325655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Field Dependence and Vocational Choice of Interior Design Students.
Davis, Diane M.; And Others
One hundred ninety-three interior design college students were administered the Group Embedded Figures Test, a measure of field dependence, in order to evaluate two of Witkin's hypotheses regarding career choice. The career-differentiation hypothesis predicted that students electing to major in interior design would be field independent because interior design, like art and architecture, requires restructuring and analyzing skills. This hypothesis was supported as results showed that interior design majors were field independent. The training hypothesis predicted that cognitive restructuring skills associated with field independence would be increased as students progressed from the freshman to senior year of study. Results consistent with the training hypothesis showed an increase in cognitive restructuring skills as students increased the amount of course work in interior design. However, this result may have been due to field-dependent students switching to other majors more compatible with their cognitive style. Results also showed that field independence was related to achievement in a number of specific courses in the interior design major. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 17-20, 1990).