Date of Award

4-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Department

College of Education

Abstract

The Career Perspectives Inventory (CPI), a recently developed career inventory examining ten different career development areas was investigated for concurrent validity using the My Vocational Situation (MVS) inventory for correlation. A second phase of this study examined the development exhibited between study participants of differing college academic standing. One hundred first through fifth year college students participated in this study. Results of research question one indicated there was moderate correlation for four of the five themes in common between the CPI and MVS (career decision-making, self-knowledge, career attitudes, career information) and some correlation between the fifth theme (goal planning). Results from research question two indicated that there was an overall decrease in scores between first and second year students on six of the ten themes examined by the Career Perspectives Inventory. Further study needs to be conducted in order to better assess sources of error and the magnitude of differences exhibited in this small study population.

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