A cross-cultural factorial study of an academic interest inventory
Snyder, Conrad W., Jr.
Baggaley, Andrew R.
Ziyane, Masotsha Joel
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Snyder, Jr., C. W., Baggaley, Andrew R., Ziyane, M. J. (1980). A Cross-Cultural Factorial Study of an Academic Interest Inventory. Multivariate Experimental Clinical Research, 5(1), 17-21.
An academic interest inventory was factor analyzed in three samples: an American senior high school group, an American college freshman group, and a Swazi (African) senior high school group. Five factors were identified in each of the samples independently analyzed; the five factors were interpreted as "commercial," "verbal-social studies-cultural," "nurturant," "medical," and "mechanical" interests. The items marking these factors were statistically significantly similar across the samples, indicating substantial stability in the structure of academic interests within and across cultures.