ERIC Number: ED203023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teachers in the Business World: A Career Guidance Institute.
Riley, Roberta D.; Huffman, Gail M.
A summer Career Guidance Institute, conducted for graduate credit, placed 16 secondary teachers in entry-level positions in jobs not requiring college education for six weeks. The teachers worked four days a week and attended seminars and group discussions one day a week. Study of this pilot program was conducted to investigate three questions: (1) Do educational personnel change their attitudes toward aspects of career education as a result of inservice training that includes first-hand experience with entry-level positions? (2) What are educational personnel perceptions of the process of obtaining and working in entry-level positions? and (3) What are employers' perceptions of the program and ways education can better prepare students for working? Data were collected using an attitude scale and interviews. Results showed little change in teachers' attitudes toward career education, although in most cases these attitudes were already highly positive. Results also showed that teachers gained knowledge about ways to search for entry-level jobs, and appreciation for the people who hold such jobs. Finally, employers were positive about the program. Recommendations for future applications of the program are given. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Education, Career Guidance, Employer Attitudes, Employment Experience, Entry Workers, Graduate Study, Inservice Teacher Education, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Summer Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).