Cognitive Information Processing Theory
COGNITIVE INFORMATION PROCESSING THEORY
FOR CAREER DECISION MAKING
By Sherry Thomas

A. What is the Cognitive Information Processing Theory
The Cognitive Information Processing Theory has emerged in a form that applies to Career Technology Education as it relates to decision making as to a career choice. The theory emphasizes how the decision is made, not the outcome of the decision.
B. How the Cognitive Information Processing Theory is Used
The Cognitive Information Processing Theory uses the following steps for career decision-making:
1. Communication: Knowing I Need to Make a Choice
2. Analysis: Understanding Myself and My Options
3. Synthesis: Expanding and Narrowing My List of Options
4. Valuing: Choosing an Occupation, Program of Study, or Job
5. Execution: Implementing My Choice
6. Communication: Knowing I Made a Good Choice

C. The Cognitive Information Processing Theory can be used in the classroom in the form of Career Interest Inventory
http://www.okcareertech.org/cac/pages/resources_products/Career%20Path/CareerPath_interests.pdf
D. Links to Research Papers and other Resources