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Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Two Generations of a Computer-Assisted Career Guidance System - SIGI and SIGI PLUS

Title: A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Two Generations of a Computer-Assisted Career Guidance System - SIGI and SIGI PLUS : Technical Report No. 7.
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Name(s): Reardon, Robert C, author
Sampson, James P, author
Ryan-Jones, Rebecca E, author
Peterson, Gary W, author
Shahnasarian, Michael, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Technical Report
Date Issued: 1988-05-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A study was conducted to examine the comparative impact of two generations of a computer-assisted career guidance system, SIGI and SIGI PLUS, on the career decidedness, vocational identity, and user perceptions of 64 college students. Students from an introductory psychology class who expressed interest in an experiment that involved receiving career guidance services were randomly assigned to either SIGI or SIGI PLUS. The Occupational Alternatives Question, and My Vocational Situation were completed pre- and post-treatment while the SIGI or SIGI PLUS Evaluation Form (a measure of user perceptions) was completed post-treatment. After the completion of initial post-testing, students then used the second system and completed the Comparative Computer Rating Form which involved a direct bipolar comparison of the two systems. A series of multivariate and univariate statistical analyses revealed that users rated SIGI and SIGI PLUS equally positive for their effectiveness in obtaining self and occupational information (Analysis), viable career options (Synthesis), and in attractiveness of interaction with the computer (Synthesis), and in attractiveness of interaction with the computer (Computer Effect). Persons with initial information needs rated both CACG systems significantly higher (p < .05) on the Analysis scale than users without needs for information. Students' level of vocational identity increased significantly (p = .006) as a result of using SIGI and SIGI PLUS. Students with low initial vocational identity were more likely to increase their vocational identity if they used SIGI PLUS, than if they used SIGI. SIGI and SIGI PLUS appear equally capable of satisfying users' needs for information. Finally, when the 63 students were asked to indicate their overall preference for one of the two CACGS used, 24 or 38% preferred SIGI, while 39 or 62% preferred SIGI PLUS. Discussion of these results explored the differential impact of SIGI and SIGI PLUS and the equivalence of CACG systems. Specific implications for practice, system development, and future research are also provided.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525884247_0237e588 (IID), 10.17125/fsu.1525884247 (DOI)
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525884247_0237e588
Owner Institution: FSU

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Reardon, R. C., Sampson, J. P., Ryan-Jones, R. E., Peterson, G. W., & Shahnasarian, M. (1988). A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Two Generations of a Computer-Assisted Career Guidance System - SIGI and SIGI PLUS : Technical Report No. 7. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525884247_0237e588