“The Guide Is Where?”

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 87–88. Reviews the book, Computer-Assisted Career Decision Making: The Guide in the Machine by Martin R. Katz (1993). This book tells of the conception, development, and value of the System for Interactive Guidance and Information (SIGI) and its offspring, SIGI PLUS. SIGI was designed to assist mainly college or college-bound students in their career decision making. The revised and improved SIGI PLUS accommodates both the needs of college students and those of the general adult population. Katz constructed SIGI theory in keeping with conventional wisdom in vocational guidance, thereby falling into step with Parsons's 1909 tripartite partitioning of vocational choice elements into: (a) self-knowledge, (b) occupational knowledge; and (c) true reasoning in uniting (a) and (b). In constructing SIGI and SIGI PLUS, however, Katz went for the jugular of Parsons's elusive true reasoning. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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