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Computerized adaptive testing of vocational interests without RIASEC model: construction of TIPA

Grant number: 20/04064-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2020
Effective date (End): September 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Fundamentals and Assessments in Psychology
Principal Investigator:Ana Paula Porto Noronha
Grantee:Gustavo Henrique Martins
Host Institution: Universidade São Francisco (USF). Campus Campinas. Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Vocational interests in the RIASEC model are commonly researched and used in the practice of vocational guidance. However, an evaluation of this type of construction in Brazil occurs in the traditional format. There is also the Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) format, in which the set of items that more accurately assess the level of the respondent's latent trait is chosen, without the need to respond to all items of the instrument. Therefore, the objective of this project is to build and search for evidence of validity based on content, internal structure and the relationship with other variables for the Teste de Interesses Profissionais Adaptativo (TIPA), which aims to evaluate RIASEC in CAT format. The project was organized into three Studies. In study 1, 600 items will be constructed for the TIPA, which will be evaluated by five judges and then by a focus group. In addition, 500 people (250 high school students and 250 university students) must also respond to TIPA in order to obtain the final set of 300 items. Study 2 will have 1000 participants (500 high school students and 500 adults), who will answer the TIPA in the traditional format, in order to carry out invariance analyzes between men and women and between adolescents and adults. Study 3 will aim to test the TIPA CAT format. For this, the TIPA items will be calibrated by IRT (two parameters) for application in CAT. That done, TIPA will be answered by a new focus group to assess the feasibility of responding to instrument in this format. Finally, 300 high school students will answer the TIPA and the Big Five Inventory - 2, and 300 adults will answer the TIPA, Self-Directed Search, Career Satisfaction Scale and Brief Job Satisfaction. The analyzes will be done in the SPSS 25, MPlus 7.11 and R 3.5.3 softwares. (AU)

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