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Instrumental Behaviors Following Test Administration and Interpretation: Exploration Validity of the Strong Interest Inventory. Presented by: Ana Arias Alheli Miranda Julia Baird Lily Soltero. Previous research. Purpose . Participants .

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Instrumental Behaviors Following Test Administration and Interpretation: Exploration Validity of the Strong Interest Inventory

Presented by:

Ana Arias Alheli Miranda

Julia Baird Lily Soltero

participants
Participants
  • Introductory Psychology students which were awarded extra credit points
  • Initially, there were 157 students (women= 94, men= 63)
  • One year later when the participants were contacted to follow-up there were 94 students (women= 53, men= 41)
participants cont d
Participants cont’d
  • To determine if the students who were contacted were similar to those who could not be contacted, the demographic characteristics were compared.
  • Findings: class distribution and GPA very similar
  • In response to “the importance of having a definite career plan at this time”- both groups responded that it was somewhat or very important ( 68.5% follow-up participants and 64.1% for non-participants )
final experimental and contrast samples
SII Experimental Group

45.7% finding interesting careers

26.2% financial considerations

18.2% self discovery

Contrast Group

42.2% finding interesting careers

19.7% financial considerations

25.2% self discovery

*no statistical differences

Final Experimental and Contrast Samples
data collection
Phase 1, SII was administered and 2 weeks later interpreted

Phase 2, one year later participants were surveyed by telephone to collect criterion data

Data Collection
self reported career exploration behaviors
Self-Reported Career Exploration Behaviors
  • 14 yes-no items were constructed concerning academic and non-academic career exploration behaviors
  • 7 items concerning campus career exploration services (use of the Career Development Center)
  • 7 items concerning career exploration that may occur on or of campus (informal conversation with friends about careers)
five factors measured
Five Factors Measured
  • Discussion/ Reading
  • Experiential Information Seeking
  • Career Counselling
  • Vocational Testing
  • Individual Information Seeking
results
Results
  • Experimental group engaged in more instrumental information seeking behaviors
  • Students pattern of activities suggest that the Strong Interest Inventory had an impact on career exploration behaviors
critical review
Critical Review

Points of Interest

  • SII group followed up after one year
  • No gender differences in exploratory validity
  • Differences between SII experimental group and control group in career exploration preferences
  • A yes/no response technique was used in participating in instrumental behaviors
critical review cont d
Critical Review cont’d

Areas of Disagreement

  • Oliver and Spokane (1983) argue that classroom group intervention seem to be more beneficial than individual strategies
  • Author focuses on SII and tests leading students to seek further career exploration/ should focus more on results of tests
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