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Title:Do ornithologists flock together? Homogeneity of interests in occupations
Author(s):Perlus, Jessamyn G.
Advisor(s):Rounds, James
Contributor(s):Newman, Daniel; Nye, Christopher
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Holland’s theory
Strong Interest Inventory
Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional (RIASEC)
vocational interests
occupational interests and guidance
interest-occupation congruence
Abstract:The vocational interest assessment literature is built upon the assumption that people in the same occupation share a similar pattern of trait interests. For this underlying theoretical model to work, it is important to verify the degree to which employees in occupations have homogeneous interests. This study addresses this question by looking at homogeneity from four perspectives: a quantitative review of published literature, examination of the Strong Interest Inventory manual data, a quantitative review of congruence indices, and a secondary analysis of a large dataset. Taken together, the findings demonstrate considerable heterogeneity of interests for a range of occupations pointing towards a continuum of homogeneity, and prompting a further look into the homogeneity assumption of interests within occupations.
Issue Date:2016-07-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Jessamyn Perlus
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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