ERIC Number: ED332022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Career Education in the Junior High School: What Is the Current Situation?
A study was conducted to identify junior high school students' perceptions of careers and the world of work. The participants included 32 seventh-, 132 eighth-, and 131 ninth-grade students in urban and rural public schools in central Arkansas. Ethnically, 57% of the students were Anglo-American and 40% were African-American. The students were equally divided between males and females. The participants were given the "Debunking Occupational Myths: A Quiz" assessment. Results indicate that the mean of all grade levels was not significantly different. From a gender perspective, eighth-grade males responded incorrectly less often than seventh- and ninth-grade males. Females tended to respond similarly across the grade levels. Ethnically, Anglo-American and rural ninth graders responded incorrectly more often than the lower two grades. The findings of the study indicate that junior high students do not demonstrate adequate career awareness and exploration understanding. The findings also indicate that cultural and ethnical concerns are not being addressed very well. The findings imply that more career education efforts be employed and that differentiated learning styles should be addressed appropriately. (Twenty-two references and the assessment instrument are included.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans; Arkansas
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).