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Personality Types and Academic Strand Choice among Senior High School Students

Angelica L. Torres | Patricia M. Soledad | Cathleen Mae R. Pineda | Dianna Lhen C. Cabahug | Nelly Z. Limbadan



This paper sought to establish the validity of the assertion that there is a correspondence between personality types and career choice. Applied to the senior high school program, employing the Theory of Career Choice of John Holland as the framework, and assuming the academic strand chosen as a surrogate for career choice, a correspondence must exist between the personality of a senior high school student and the academic strand chosen. This study was conducted in a higher education institution in Southern Philippines that is focused on healthcare education to provide the school with a basis for crafting its institutional plan as it metamorphoses from an institution solely devoted to higher education into one that seamlessly integrates basic with higher education. The study was based on a survey of 1,494 senior high school students using a condensed version of Holland’s RIASEC survey instrument. The results of the study indicated that the senior high school students of the participating institution exhibited a general uncertainty in their choices. The researchers recommend the use of the Career Decision Making Intervention (CDMI) framework as a tool to minimize the uncertainty observed and, thus, facilitate the seamless progression of students from basic to higher education.

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