AN ANALYSIS OF THE NAVY VOCATIONAL INTEREST INVENTORY AS A PREDICTOR OF SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND RATING ASSIGNMENT.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF
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In order that maximum utilization be made of the Navys input of enlisted men, it is necessary that tests be developed for recruit classification which tend to place each man in training for the rating in which his likelihood of successful performance and career motivation is greatest. As part of a program to evaluate non-cognitive tests for use in recruit classification, the Navy Vocational Interest Inventory NVII was validated against A school achievement and analyzed for its ability to differentiate men in different ratings. The NVII was administered experimentally to incoming students at seven A schools varying widely in curriculum. The number of men in each school ranged from 77 to 240. In addition to the NVII, scores on Basic Test Battery BTB subtests were available for men in each school. Multiple correlations were computed, thus allowing validity comparisons of the BTB in predicting A school achievement to be made with and without the addition of the NVII scales. Average NVII scale profiles of the different occupational groups were compared. Analysis of the data indicated the NVII scales to be quite effective in differentiating men in various schools, thus indicating the potential usefulness of the NVII as a classification instrument. The NVII scales were also found to contribute significantly to the prediction of A school achievement. Since the criteria employed were of an interim nature, the promising results reported are being followed by an analysis against fleet performance and career motivation. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations