ERIC Number: ED246236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Status of Career Development Courses in High Schools in Illinois.
Batsche, Catherine; And Others
A statewide survey was conducted to determine the availability of a career development course at the high school level in Illinois. The participants in the study were the directors of vocational education in the 597 high school districts that submitted Local Plans for Vocational Education to the Illinois State Board of Education in FY 1984. They received a questionnaire at an annual meeting, and 80 percent returned them. The study found that career development courses are not available to students in the majority of districts in Illinois, even though most districts reported that the course would be helpful to students. The major barrier to the development of the course is the limited amount of time available in a student's schedule. Several alternatives could be explored to ensure that students are systematically exposed to career development activities: (1) the course could be required in the freshman or sophomore year, even if the school day had to be lengthened or study halls eliminated; (2) the content of the career development course could be infused into various required subject areas--an option favored by many career educators; or (3) a teacher advisement system could be adopted, involving the training of teachers to conduct a systematic series of activities during a daily advisement period. Survey respondents also expressed a need for inservice training for persons teaching career development and for a set of curriculum guidelines and related materials. The study recommended that districts should investigate the alternatives and move forward on career development activities for their high school students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal.