A short form of the Career Interest Test: 21-CIT

Bartlett, Cristy and Perera, Harsha N. and McIlveen, Peter (2015) A short form of the Career Interest Test: 21-CIT. Journal of Career Assessment, 24 (2). ISSN 1069-0727

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The Career Interest Test (CIT; Athanasou, 2000, 2007) is a widely used 63 item forced-choice instrument that provides the individual with a number of career areas to explore based on their highest ranked, or most preferred, career interests. Administrators of the CIT have requested a shortened form of the test that reduces respondent burden. The aim of this exploratory, secondary data analysis, study is to develop a shortened form of the CIT that shows reliability when compared to the full version of the test. Analyses using a categorical factor model with probit link function for dichotomous variables, equivalent to a 2-parameter IRT model, were undertaken. Items with the highest absolute factor loadings for each career interest comparison were retained in order to create a shortened form of the CIT with 21 questions, and renamed 21-CIT. The large within-subject correlations between career interest scores on the full CIT and the 21-CIT indicate that the shortened form of the CIT does provide a reliable estimate of an individual’s score for each of the career interests. Further study is recommended to investigate the relationship between Athanasou’s seven career interests in relation to the two-dimensional work model (People/Things and Ideas/Data) and to further investigate the psychometric properties of the 21-CIT.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 04:50
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 03:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Career Interest Test, CIT, short form, 21-CIT, psychometrics
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1069072715580579
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27075

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