Expressed and measured vocational interests

December 5, 2013 at 1:15 am Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

www.uncg.edu__p_silvia_papers_01_JVB

 

at http://www.uncg.edu/~p_silvia/papers/01%20JVB.pdf

An interesting paper I found reading Annie Murphy Paul’s blog.  An Expressed Interest is an answer to a question like “What career do you plan to pursue after College?”  A Measured Vocational Interest is measuring an interest in mathematics, and suggesting that the student go into accounting.  The former are far more predictive of future careers than the latter.  Why are we so bad at predicting what field someone should go into based on their base interests?  I’ll bet that it has to do with more things than just interests, like Eccles model of academic achievement (how do people think about this career? can you see yourself in this career?) and values (which are different than interests).

 

 

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