ERIC Number: ED246350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Career Awareness, Self Exploration and Self-Assessment for Teaching.
McWhirter, J. Jeffries; And Others
This paper describes a program, developed and instituted in the College of Education at Arizona State University, for entry-level education students which helps them assess themselves and their commitment, strengths, and needs related to teaching as a career. The self-assessment program contains several components including an observational/participation experience, lecture input on the field of education, discussion classes with teacher education faculty, basic skill and personality testing, and participation in a Career Awareness and Self Exploration (CASE) group. The themes of the CASE Groups (i.e., self-disclosure, trust, communication, anxiety, self-esteem, self-fulfilling prophecy, and small group behavior) are highlighted. Results are presented which suggest that after the program some students reject education and teaching as a career choice, others change their major or focus, many intend to add to their areas of competency, and most continue with a renewed commitment to their career choice. The appendices provide a concise summary of each program component, including the rationale and course structure, the self-assessment component, the CASE groups, group themes, and assessment instruments. Results and benefits of the program are outlined also. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arizona State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1984). Portions of this paper have been adapted from McWhirter, J. J., Banks, N. M., and Nichols, E., "A Self Assessment Program for Teacher Education," in Contemporary Education (in press), and from McWhirter, J. J., Nichols, E., and Banks, N. M., "Career Awareness and Self-Exploration (CASE) Groups: A Self-Assessment Model for Career Decision-Making," in Personnel and Guidance Journal (in press).