Advances in Vocational Psychology - Vol. 1

By W. Bruce Walsh; Samuel H. Osipow | Go to book overview

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The Self-Directed Search

John L. Holland Johns Hopkins University

Jack R. Rayman Pennsylvania State University

This chapter reports the origin and development of the Self-Directed Search (SDS; Holland, 1985b), its application to career counseling and other forms of career assistance, and an account of future research and development possibilities. Our goal was to provide a more complete account of why and how the SDS was developed, evaluated and revised, and how it may be revised in the future. In doing so we have written a more comprehensive history than test manuals or journal articles permit. Such reports typically provide an incomplete and somewhat misleading account of how test development has proceeded by omitting the role of a developer's experience, judgment, and occasional irrationality, and by omitting the influence of colleagues, publishers, test-takers, opportunities, and obstacles.

In short, this chapter supplements rather than supplants the content of the SDS manual. It provides a more comprehensive and clearer understanding of the SDS and its related developments so that graduate students, practitioners, and researchers will find support and stimulation for current practice and new research.


THE SDS AS AN INNOVATION

This section reminds the reader about the essential characteristics of the SDS and makes the case for its value as an innovative vocational device.


Distinctive Characteristics

The SDS is a self-administered, self-scored, and self-interpreted vocational counseling tool. It includes two booklets: an assessment booklet and an occupational classification booklet.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • List of Contributors v
  • Introduction: The Assessment of Interests vii
  • References ix
  • 1: Strong Vocational Interest Blank/Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory 1
  • References 27
  • 2: Advances in the Kuder Occupational Interest Survey 31
  • References 52
  • 3: The Self-Directed Search 55
  • References 78
  • 4: New Approaches to the Assessment of Interests 83
  • Introduction 83
  • Acknowledgments 120
  • References 120
  • 5: Special Groups and the Beneficial Use of Vocational Interest Inventories 127
  • References 191
  • Author Index 199
  • Subject Index 205
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