ERIC Number: ED209443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Needs Assessments in Career Education: Alternatives to Published Tests.
White, Karl R.; Osguthorpe, Russell T.
A basic consideration in conducting a career education needs assessment is whether to select published tests or to develop new instruments and evaluation techniques. Advantages of published tests are availability and convenience and ease to use. Advantages in using self-developed measures can be seen by examining a needs assessment study in which both types are used. In a fall 1976 needs assessment for career education in upstate New York, ninth and twelfth graders were administered the attitudes section of the Career Maturity Inventory (CMI), and they and their parents also responded to a project-developed questionnaire. Interpretation of CMI results was that the average student needed supplemental career education and guidance slightly less than the average student in the nation. The questionnaire asked questions concerning parental influence and school influence on career decisions. Data suggested that parents and children agreed on need for parental influence but disagreed regarding amount, usefulness, and quality of parents' information. The public felt the school was not doing sufficient work in career education, and more effective information dissemination and parental education were needed. A comparison of needs assessment information obtained from the two tests indicates that the self-developed questionnaire provided the most meaningful, useful information. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Technical Inst. for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.