Analysis of Three Interest Inventories Essay example

1748 Words 7 Pages
Introduction
As an educator and advisor, I am very interested in student interest inventories. Working in the classroom, it can be very difficult to assess interest of students when choosing thematic units or classroom project. As a college advisor, I am constantly searching for resources to help my students choose a future career path. I completed research and found three popular interest inventories- the Strong Interest Inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Clifton Strengths Finder. Each of the three assessments analyze the same general theme of interest, personality and career choice. I have analyzed each to determine the best interest inventory to use with my students.
Test A: 1994 Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong
…show more content…
The alpha reliabilities for the general occupational themes section were between .90 and .94. This section also had a high test-retest reliability of .84 to .92. The test-retest reliability for the third section, basic interest scales, was also high at between .80 to .94. Overall, the Strong Interest Inventory has very high reliability which makes it a very good test.
Information on validity was not discussed in Donnay & Borgen’s analysis of the 1994 Strong Interest Inventory. This does not help in determining the value or validity of this assessment, and must be taken into account when determining an appropriate assessment to use.
As far as administrative concerns for the Strong Interest Inventory, the test is reasonably low maintenance. The test could take some significant time to complete, as there are over 300 items for the entire assessment. Further, there is a cost associated with completing the newest version of the Inventory, published in 2004. For 100 participants or less, the cost is $9.25 each based on the product catalog (CPP 2011). This is a bit high for an assessment, especially if an individual educator is paying for the entire thing. The test is also at a considerably high level. Even the most basic version is written for high school students, so the test is not appropriate for those under high school age. The test can be administered to a group or to an individual.
Test
Open Document