The use of interest and competence scores to predict educational choices of Chinese high school students

S. Alvin LEUNG, Sili ZHOU, Esther Yuk-Fan HO, Xixi LI, Pui Kay Katty HO, Terence J.G. TRACEY

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This study examined how interest, perceived competence (i.e., efficacy), and prestige preference, as measured by the Personal Globe Inventory (PGI; Tracey, 2002), contributed to the classification of Chinese high school students with different education orientations. It was hypothesized that interest, efficacy, and prestige would yield a significantly higher correct classification hit rate of students with different educational orientations than would be expected by chance, and that the combined set of the interest, efficacy, and prestige predictors would contribute significantly more variance than interest scores alone or the efficacy scores alone in predicting students' educational orientations. Findings suggested that the interest and competence scores of the PGI based on both the Holland RIASEC model as well as the 4-type (People, Things, Data, and Ideas) model were able to discriminate among students in three educational orientation groups: Arts and Humanities, Business, and Science. The PGI interest and competence scores of students in these educational orientation groups were consistent with the expected theoretical direction. The findings were supportive of the concurrent validity of the PGI for senior high school students in Hong Kong. Theoretical and practice implications were discussed. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-394
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
Early online dateMar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014



Leung, S. A., Zhou, S., Ho, E. Y.-F., Li, X., Ho, K. P., & Tracey, T. J. G. (2014). The use of interest and competence scores to predict educational choices of Chinese high school students. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84(3), 385-394. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.02.010


  • Career interest and competence
  • Personal Globe Inventory
  • Cross-cultural
  • Chinese students