ERIC Number: ED053561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-28
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Television and Video Tape Compared to Researching Printed Career Information as a Means of Assisting Rural 9th Grade Youth Career Decision Making Process. Research Report.
Drier, Harry N.; Jepsen, David A.
A study was devised to test the hypothesis that rural ninth grade students viewing videotaped field trips as part of vocational group guidance classes will exhibit greater occupational knowledge than similar groups who do not view the videotapes. Subjects were 262 ninth grade students from four rural high schools; the schools were paired to form a control and an experimental group. Both groups met for a class period twice weekly for 14 weeks. The experimental group centered discussions and reading around 20-minute videotapes which portrayed a variety of occupations such as paper industry, machine trade, communication, office, and public utility occupations, while the control group read and discussed the same occupations using commercially produced reading materials. Responses from three questionnaires which were administered at the end of the 14-week period were analyzed. Limited positive results obtained showed that videotapes appear to influence the accuracy of stereotypes reported and to stimulate a wider range of occupational possibilities in schools where counselors are employed. Also, it appears that girls are more likely to present scattered occupational choices and less likely to seek occupational information or state positive occupational stereotypes. (SH)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.; Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.