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Title:Assessing Vocational Interests: Convergence and Divergence of Inventories and Informants
Author(s):Russell, Mary
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Rounds, James
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Tests and Measurements
Abstract:Two studies evaluated the agreement among assessments of vocational interests. Study 1 evaluated the agreement among four interest inventories designed to assess John Holland's (1997) RIASEC vocational types (Strong Interest Inventory, SII; Self-Directed Search, SDS; O*Net Interest Profiler, IP; and Unisex ACT Interest Inventory, UNIACT). The multitrait-multisource matrix was analyzed using Campbell and Fiske's (1959) guidelines and using SEM models designed to evaluate such matrices (Eid, Lischetzke & Nussbeck, 2006). Study 2 evaluated agreement among a target person's SII results, self-ratings and informant (peer/family) ratings of vocational interests. Although Study I correlations generally fit expectations of Holland's model, the inventories produced quite different practical solutions for test-takers' career exploration. Practical implications related to the choice of interest inventory are discussed. Study 2 correlations between others' ratings and SII results approach the level of correlation seen with ratings of personality traits (Funder, Kolar & Blackman, 1995), despite rating form limitations.
Issue Date:2007
Description:154 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3301220
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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