Other questions may be related to participation in community service, attending religious service andgoing for outings with friends and family members.Interest questionnaires also contain items about the individual’s hobbies, spare-time activities, andperhaps study habits. Questions related to the client’s future, covering the type of work to be undertaken,responsibilities, and possible future salary, are frequently encountered on these instruments. Actually,what they measure depends upon what the user of the instrument feels is significant in the counsellingsituation.The counsellor should be aware that an interest questionnaire is an important time saver. There is noreason why the client should be asked all the questions in an interview when they can be obtained fromhim/her outside the interview. Questionnaires like these can be completed by the client simultaneouslywith forms that contain biographical data.DocumentsPDFCompleteClick Here & UpgradeExpanded FeaturesUnlimited Pages
84STUDENTS’ WRITINGSA very useful technique in obtaining information about interests is by the use of a student’s writings,especially those of an autobiographical nature. When the client is asked to write an autobiography, and anoutline is furnished indicating the various points that the counsellor wishes covered, such a piece ofwriting is referred to as “structured.” Usually the client is asked to write about hobbies, interests, pastemployment, and future vocational plans. The last gives not only an indication of the area in which he/shewants to work, but also an indication of the level of aspiration or motivation (Ibid, 1931).ACHIEVEMENTInterests are related to achievement. They are an important aspect of the learning situation. In generalone might conclude that one learns best those activities in which he / she has an interest. Research byStrong (1943) suggests that, if a student has sufficient interest to elect a course, his / her grade will dependfar more on his/her intelligence, industry, and previous preparation than on his / her interest. Interestsaffect the situation, however, in causing the student to elect what he / she is interested in and not to electcourses in which he / she is not interested. When a student discovers that he / she has mistakenly selecteda course in which he / she finds little interest, he / she will finish it about as well as other courses, buthe/she will not elect further courses of a similar nature. Because of this situation it is difficult to obtain areal measure of the relationship between interest and scholarship, since those with less than a fair amountof interest in the subject seldom take the course at all.One test, theMichigan Vocabulary Profile Test(published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.), has beenconstructed to measure interests by the method of measuring achievement. This test consists of eightsubtests, each made up of 30 items covering human relations, commerce, government, physical sciences,biological sciences, mathematics, fine arts, and sports.