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Using Assessment Results for Career Development, 8th Edition

  • Debra S. Osborn
  • Vernon G. Zunker
  • ISBN-10: 1111521271
  • ISBN-13: 9781111521271
  • 416 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2002, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

An excellent resource in both career development and tests and measurement courses, USING ASSESSMENT RESULTS FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT, 8e vividly illustrates how to use assessment instruments to increase clients' self-awareness and help them make rational career choices. Extremely practical, this hands-on worktext delivers detailed information on applying knowledge of tests and measurements in clinical settings and using assessment results in a wide variety of counseling situations. Through case studies, charts, bulleted/numbered lists, dialogues, agency addresses, and more, students learn to truly master the use of assessment results.


  • Delivering coverage that is both comprehensive and practical, USING ASSESSMENT RESULTS FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT, 8e addresses assessment in the K through 12 population, breaking it down by elementary, middle, and high school.

  • Selective international assessments are woven throughout the text, giving students an increased global perspective.

  • Expanded coverage is given to the critical topic of ethics and testing, equipping students with a solid foundation.

  • A unique conceptual model helps counselors analyze assessment procedures and results appropriate for specific counseling needs. It also illustrates how to stimulate career exploration among groups of individuals.

  • The worktext reflects the guidelines developed by the National Occupational and Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) that stress career development concepts, providing readers with a foundation on which they can build strategies necessary to meet their clients' needs.

  • Case studies throughout illustrate the ways in which a variety of assessment instruments may be used for career development.

  • Numerous charts, bulleted/numbered lists, dialogues, and agency addresses offer students immediate access to a wealth of key resources.

  • The chapters on specific types of assessments include several sample case profiles from a variety of tests, giving students hands-on practice with interpretation and creating intervention strategies.

About the Author

Debra S. Osborn

Debra S. Osborn (Ph.D., Florida State University) is an associate professor in the department of Counselor Education at Florida State University. She has an established program of research with three specific foci. These include the design and use of technology in counseling, innovation and effectiveness in counselor education, and the design and use of assessments in career services. Dr. Osborn is passionate about career counseling, having served as president of the National Career Development Association and as a counselor educator for almost two decades.

Vernon G. Zunker

Vernon Zunker is a retired professor from Southwest Texas State University. He earned his Ed.D. with an emphasis on counseling from the University of Houston and completed a residency in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. Although retired from teaching, Dr. Zunker continues to push the discipline forward by keeping career counseling relevant to all counseling students.

Table of Contents

1. A Conceptual Model For Using Assessment Results.
2. Interpreting Assessment Results.
3. Some Measurement Concepts.
4. Ethics and Career Assessment.
5. Aptitude and Achievement Tests.
6. Interest Inventories.
7. Personality Inventories.
8. Career Decision Inventories.
9. Computer-Assisted Career Guidance and Online Career Assessments.
10. Card Sorts and Other Non-Standardized Assessment Approaches.
11. Combining Assessment Results.

New to this edition

  • Reflecting the dynamics of today's marketplace, discussions of ethics and multicultural issues as they relate to testing and assessment are now integrated throughout the text where applicable.
  • Going beyond the typical factual-centered focus of most text questions, the new Eighth Edition's discussion questions focus more upon analysis/synthesis/evaluation/application, giving students practice applying chapter concepts to real-world situations.
  • The authors shifted emphasis away from Holland's theory to ensure that students do not assume that this is only or preferred theory.