ERIC Number: ED223849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Cooperative Education on High School Students' Career Choice: A Review of the Literature.
Canna, Debra S.
Studies on the impact of experience-based cooperative education on career development, maturity, and retention were reviewed to determine if high school students were prepared to successfully enter the world of work. Studies comparing cooperative and non-cooperative education in terms of career attitudes and maturity indicated that cooperative education students appear to be superior. Cooperative education has also shown its effect on students' personal growth and maturity. One evaluation showed more negative results, including varied attainment of positive work habits and attitudes as well as career decision-making skills by experience-based career education students. In another study, no evidence of program effectiveness in career knowledge and career maturity program components was found. More encouraging results from studies supporting cooperative education were positive student and community attitudes toward experience-based career education, improved student attitudes toward education, and substantial career education gains for student participants. Findings from studies also seemed to indicate that cooperative education students placed a higher priority on career establishment than did non-cooperative education students. The few studies on career retention that have already been conducted showed that cooperative education graduates remained in, or were committed to, careers they explored through experience-based career education. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Cooperative Education, Educational Research, Experiential Learning, High School Students, High Schools, Literature Reviews, Participant Satisfaction, Persistence, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Vocational Maturity, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Experience Based Career Education; Impact; Impact Studies