ERIC Number: ED247387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Elementary and Secondary Students Perceptions of Allied Health Careers.
Mathews, Paul J.; And Others
This study was designed to examine the preceptions of allied health careers by elementary and secondary school students. A 6-part, 45-question survey was designed and administered to randomly selected classes of third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth grade students in the Shawnee Mission (Kansas) school district. Three hundred and five surveys were distributed with 292 usable responses received. The male-to-female ratio was 131:161. The survey was designed to elicit students' knowledge/perceptions of 10 allied-health careers, and their perceptions of people versus machine orientation, work site, and work locale. Also elicited were data related to the students' knowledge of future career choice, college plans, and interest in a medical/allied health career. Data were analyzed by sex and grade level for each of the career choices. The hypothesis that there exists a lack of knowledge or basic understanding of the allied health specialties studied was supported. Less than half (46.53 percent) of all answers were correct overall, and lack of knowledge did not appear to be sex linked. Certain careers were more closely correlated with correct answers than were others (e.g., speech pathology was more often correctly identified than was radiology technology). (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Allied Health Personnel, Anesthesiology, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Dietitians, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Medical Technicians, Medical Record Technicians, Medical Technologists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Aides, Radiologic Technologists, Speech Pathology, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Biometrics; Respiratory Therapy; Shawnee Mission School KS
Note: Presented at the American Association for Respiratory Therapy Summer Forum (St. Petersburg, FL, July 20-22, 1984).