ERIC Number: ED218505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Guidance for Occupational Choice. A Study of Effective Program Practices. Technical Report.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Occupational Education Research.
A study was conducted to determine which aspects of guidance programs in New York State's secondary institutions are most effective in helping individual students make appropriate vocational program choices. Data, collected through a series of site visits, included results of administrator and counselor interviews, student surveys, and reviews of guidance activity checklists. Survey results indicated a need for flexibility in the provision of vocationally oriented experiences for students in various types of schools. Schools were involved with surrounding communities to varying extents, and the character of the communities had great influence on the occupational programs of schools. Counselors perceived value in all activities related to gathering information on vocations. Activities they considered most helpful to students involved contacts with local community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Percentages of students involved in "very helpful" activities were low. Student responses showed that guidance counselors, the counseling process, and parental advice were influencing factors in the decision-making process. The need for counseling at the point of choice was reported by administrators, counselors, teachers, and students. (Site descriptions and survey forms are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Occupational Education Research.
Identifiers: New York