Assessment Forum – ADEK 4

Instructions:  You have been asked to help design a career assessment program for your students. What are one or two assessments [formal or informal] you would use with your students? Make one original post and then respond to one classmate’s post. You will make a total of two posts.

8 thoughts on “Assessment Forum – ADEK 4”

  1. muneeraabdullaotb says:

    Original Post:

    For our career assessment program for students, I would recommend using both formal and informal assessments to provide a well-rounded understanding of their career aspirations and abilities.

    Formal Assessment:

    One formal assessment I would suggest is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This assessment helps students understand their personality types and how those types might align with various career paths. It provides insights into preferences for introversion or extroversion, thinking or feeling, and other personality dimensions, which can be valuable in career decision-making.

    Informal Assessment:

    For an informal assessment, I would recommend career counseling sessions with experienced professionals or alumni. These one-on-one or group discussions allow students to explore their career interests, ask questions, and gain insights from individuals with real-world experience. Such informal conversations can be highly beneficial in helping students make informed career choices.

    Response to Classmate:

    I agree with your choice of using informal career counseling sessions; they can be incredibly valuable for students. In addition to that, I would recommend the use of a formal assessment tool like the Strong Interest Inventory. This assessment helps students explore their interests and how they relate to various careers. It can provide data on specific occupations and fields that align with a student’s interests, which can be a great starting point for career exploration. Combining formal and informal assessments can offer a well-rounded perspective for students to make informed career choices.

    1. shireen.edries says:

      I agree with using both forms of assessment as well, and I like your inclusion of alumni- I think this would be great for observation to see how your student/s engage with the alumni, and there could be additional information that the alumni share with both you and the student/s which they might not have shared in a formal setting.

    2. tahera_alhammadi says:

      I agree with using both the formal and informal assessments. For formal assessment I recommend to use trait and factor theory which will help to make a direct relationship between the characteristics of the individual and the characteristics of an occupation or job

  2. shireen.edries says:

    To answer the question about which formal/informal assessments I would use with students:

    I would use a combination of formal and informal assessments.
    As a first step I would ask the client to complete either a 16-Personalities or Myers Briggs assessment, which is the formal assessment, and then follow-up with an informal assessment being the interview or consultation.

    The formal assessment is a good way to measure the traits or preferences of the client in a standard and formal way; this gives me a clearer understanding of who they are and provides a feeling of seriousness in the sense that the client will feel like the journey they are about to embark on has been researched and tested.

    The interview or consultation is not only for the purposes of explaining the assessment results to the client but helps me understand the relationship between what the formal assessment shows, and the background or life story of the client so that I know how they have gotten to where they are now. It is a win-win because I would be able to dig deeper and put context behind the assessment results while simultaneously providing the client with a safe space for reflection.

    1. Katejah Purisima says:

      To design a career assessment program for my students, I would include 2 assessments one is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is a widely recognized and respected personality assessment that can provide valuable insights into a student’s personality preferences. This assessment classifies the students into one of the 16 personality types, each with own set of characteristics and tendencies which guides students to match their natural inclination to careers. This information can help students align their natural inclinations with potential career paths, making it an excellent starting point for career exploration.

      I would like to include an informal assessment known as the Career Interest Survey. This survey helps students identify careers that align with their interests. Interest assessments typically involve a series of questions about what individuals enjoy and dislike doing. These responses are then used to match their preferences with suitable careers. This activity assists students in connecting their interests with various types of careers, allowing them to discover occupations that align with their preferences.

      To include two complementary assessments would enhance the effectiveness of the career assessment program.

      Respond to classmates posts:

      I agree that interviews and consultations are effective components to include in a career assessment program. I recommend incorporating and giving your best to strategize in using both open-ended and closed-ended questions as they can help uncover and address students’ confusion and concerns related to their interests, values, strengths, and potentials. Interviews can also reveal hidden concerns that students may have, making it a valuable tool in the career assessment process.

  3. mumiaz1 says:

    Choosing the best career assessment for designing a student’s career plan can depend on various factors, including the student’s age, preferences, and goals. However, I can choose two popular and effective options for consideration:

    Formal Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory)
    • The Strong Interest Inventory is widely recognized and has a formal structure with established norms. It assesses a student’s interests, preferences, and potential career matches based on their responses to a series of questions. This formal approach provides clear, quantifiable results, making it useful for guiding career choices.

    Informal Assessment (360-degree Feedback)
    360-degree Feedback is an informal assessment that gathers feedback from various sources, such as peers, mentors, and teachers. It offers a comprehensive perspective on a student’s strengths and weaknesses from people who have worked closely with them. This informal approach helps in identifying areas for growth and personal development, which can be crucial in career planning.

    Combining a formal assessment like the Strong Interest Inventory with an informal assessment like 360-Degree Feedback can provide a well-rounded view of a student’s interests, strengths, and areas for improvement. This holistic approach can be valuable in designing a comprehensive career plan that aligns with the student’s abilities and aspirations.

    Respond to classmates’ posts:
    Kate’s approach to designing a career assessment program is well thought out and has several strengths:

    1. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a well-established personality assessment tool, and it’s widely recognized for providing insights into personality preferences. Using the MBTI can be beneficial as it helps students understand their natural inclinations, which can guide them toward careers that align with their personality traits.
    2. Career Interest Survey: The informal assessment of a Career Interest Survey is a great choice because it focuses on identifying careers that match students’ interests. This survey approach allows students to reflect on what they enjoy and dislike, which is a key aspect in finding fulfilling career paths.
    3. By incorporating both a formal assessment (MBTI) and an informal assessment (Career Interest Survey), it provides students with multiple perspectives on their career choices.

  4. Aaron Leson says:

    Excellent Work so far Ladies.

  5. tahera_alhammadi says:

    I would like to use the combination of formal and informal assessments with my students.
    Formal assessments: are inventories or tests that have been developed by experts according to scientific principles of test construction such as validity, reliability, and bias. It called also standardized. I will use interest inventories such as Self Directed Search (SDS) to identify and understand their interest patterns or themes they can use the result to identify careers that match their interest. Also, I will use personality inventories to help the students understand and describe their preferences in a work setting such as Sixteen Personality Factor (16PF) to let them know how much contact they need with others, how they deal with information, how much structure they would like.
    Informal assessments: gather information about the clients through approaches less structured. I will use activates refer to Holland Party Game, it will require no special equipment or written tests, also can facilitated without special credentials, the students will grouping themselves by six Holland Personality Types. Also, card sorts which it is can be self-administered or administered by a career provider services.

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