Initial Development of the Army Research Institute Interest Survey (ARIIS)
Final rept. 1 Sep 1979-31 Dec 1981
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH PALO ALTO CA
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This report describes the development of a comprehensive, non- cognitive measure of vocational interests for possible use as an additional aid in making AIT and MOS classification decisions for Army enlistees. After considering several approaches to measuring interests, the forced choice, triad presentation format was selected. This is the same approach used in the Kuder Occupational Interest Survey, Form DD. Following this model, the project staff developed, tried out, and revised a total of 225 interest triads. The revised triads were then administered to more than 500 troops in five MOS clusters who were serving with a brigade-level-size infantry unit. Based on data from these troops, a final set of 100 triads was selected for inclusion in the ARIIS. Using this final set of 100 triads, certain analyses were undertaken to obtain preliminary validity data and to study the feasibility of administering the ARIIS via computer. Based on this research, it appears feasible to administer the ARIIS by paper-and-pencil or computer, and it appears that the ARIIS has the potential to make a significant contribution to classification and assignment decisions for Army enlistees.
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