ERIC Number: ED167704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Selected Undergraduate Experiences on Women's Career Choice.
Brown, Sylvia J.
A comparative study was conducted of women college graduates of cooperative and noncooperative programs to explore and evaluate the impact of cooperative education on the career development of college women. A total of 629 women from twenty-three institutions (twelve with cooperative education programs and eleven without) responded to the mailed questionnaire. The study examined the relationship of change of major to career choice, the relationship of choice of undergraduate major to career choice, the influence of volunteer work experience, the impact of undergraduate work experience on career development, and the relationship between primary source of career information and subsequent career patterns. It was found that the majority of respondents who changed majors went from one traditional major to another; choice of undergraduate major was the most important factor in subsequent choice of traditional or nontraditional career paths; women who did volunteer work as undergraduates generally followed traditional career patterns; alumnae who had undergraduate job experiences related to their major perceived their career preparation more favorably than alumnae with unrelated work experiences; and women who said their co-op coordinator was their primary source of career information were most likely to report they received promotions and/or merit pay raises on their first job. It was concluded that cooperative education has a positive impact on the career development of women. (Statistical tables are included in the report, and a description of the sampling plan is appended.) (LMS)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Cooperative Education, Educational Background, Educational Research, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Females, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Information Sources, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, Statistical Analysis, Undergraduate Study, Womens Education
Cooperative Education Research Center, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA. Center for Cooperative Education.
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