Presentation on theme: "An O*NET Academy Briefing Whole Person Assessment Using the O*NET Career Exploration Tools Presented by Dr. JanetWall Presented by Dr. Janet Wall Senior."— Presentation transcript:
An O*NET Academy Briefing Whole Person Assessment Using the O*NET Career Exploration Tools Presented by Dr. JanetWall Presented by Dr. Janet Wall Senior Trainer, O*NET Academy
Goals of Webinar Discuss concept of assessment Review kinds and purposes of assessment To introduce you to the 3 O*NET career exploration tools –Interest Profiler –Work Importance Profiler –Ability Profiler To show you how these tools help to direct you to occupational information
Two Major Documents Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, NCME, APA, 1999) Testing and Assessment: A Guide to Good Practices for Workforce Investment Professionals (December, 2007) from http://www.onetcenter.org
What is Assessment? A systematic way of gathering information about a person’s behavior or characteristics Data Gathering Techniques (a few) –Observation –Interview –Test –Checklist –Rating Scale
Purposes of Assessment in Workforce Development Career counseling and development –Use assessment information about clients’ backgrounds, experiences, interests, abilities, self-esteem –Identify other personal characteristics that help or inhibit their work readiness and career planning
Purposes of Assessment in Workforce Development Training –help identify those applicants and employees who might benefit from either remedial or advanced training –monitor individual progress –evaluate training effectiveness
Decide on Your Purpose for Using Assessment Why do you want student or client information? What are you trying to do/know? Standard 11.4 The test user should have a clear rationale for the intended uses of a test or evaluation procedure in terms of its validity and contribution to the assessment and decision- making process.
Match Your Purpose to Assessment’s Purpose What Assessment Can Measure –knowledge, skills, abilities, personality traits, –work styles, work values, vocational interests, managerial potential, sales potential, physical skills, –job satisfaction
Check Technical Information To determine –Match to target audience –Whether or not the instrument measures what you want to measure –How results can and should be used according to the research available Standard 11.1 Prior to the adoption and use of a published test, the test user should study and evaluate the materials provided by the test developer. Of particular importance are those that summarize the test’s purposes, specify the procedures for test administration, define the intended populations of test takers, and discuss the score interpretations for which validity and reliability data are available.
Multiple Perspectives No one assessment should be used in career exploration and career guidance. Include other information as well – personality, motivation, preferences, emotional intelligence, etc. Standard 11.20 In educational, clinical, and counseling settings, a test taker’s score should not be interpreted in isolation; collateral information that may lead to alternative explanations for the examinee’s test performance should be considered.
Typical Career Development Programs Assessment helps here.
Three Major Foci of Career Development Programs What You Like -- INTERESTS What You Value -- WORK VALUES What You Know and Can Do -- ABILITIES O*NET Assessment Tools provide each.
O*NET Career Exploration Tools Developed only for career exploration, career counseling Not for job selection or selection into job training programs Standard 11.2 When a test is to be used for a purpose for which little or no documentation is available, the user is responsible for obtaining evidence of the test’s validity and reliability for this purpose.
Kinds and Versions of Tools ToolFormatPurpose O*NET Interest ProfilerPaper/PencilWork-related Interests O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler Standalone or Network Work-related Interests O*NET Work Importance Locator Paper/PencilWhat is Important in a Job (Values) O*NET Work Importance Profiler Standalone or Network What is Important in a Job (Values) O*NET Ability ProfilerPaper/PencilWhat Individual Can Do Well (Ability)
Relevance People who have interests that are congruent with their occupations are happier, more productive, and are likely to stay on the job. Many career development programs focus on interests as the primary exploration factor for a person.
Areas Measured The O*NET Interest Profiler and Computerized Interest Profiler measure six types of occupational interests: Realistic Investigative Artistic Social Enterprising Conventional
O*NET Occupations Master List Computerized version offers the occupations automatically
Some Supporting Webinars How to Download and Use the O*NET Interest Profiler and Work Importance Profiler Overview of the O*NET Ability Profiler How to Administer the O*NET Ability Profiler How to Interpret the Ability Profiler O*NET for Job Seekers and Students Linking Education, Occupations and Pay O*NET Tools for Military in Transition O*NET Tools for School Counselors