ERIC Number: ED418323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Seventh Grade Students' Perceptions of Career Awareness and Exploration Activities in Arizona Schools. Arizona School to Work Briefing Paper #8.
Vandegrift, Judith A.; Larson, Elizabeth Hunt
A survey ascertained whether Arizona seventh-grade students perceived themselves to have participated in and benefited from career awareness, exploration, and counseling activities. In total, 2,349 seventh-grade students participated in the survey administered in spring 1997 after one full year of school-to-work (STW) regional funding. Students represented 105 schools in all 15 counties across the 13 state-funded partnerships. Students were drawn from English or other general studies classes rather than classes with a vocational or STW emphasis. Statistical analyses were conducted to examine whether responses to each of the 14 questions differed by gender, ethnicity, and partnership. Findings indicated that 54.1 percent of seventh graders had at least some idea of the job or career they want in the future; 32.9 percent had a definite idea of what they want to do. Over half of all students--on at least one occasion--participated in 5 of the 10 career awareness and exploration activities assessed. Most often, student had speakers in their classrooms to talk about careers; least often, students participated in a career fair. Over 91 percent of students who had participated in 5 or more activities had some idea of their career interests. Only 40 percent said someone from school had talked to them individually about career interests. Some students did not believe that all jobs were appropriate for both sexes. Stereotypical views appeared to be held predominantly by young men. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix. Div. of Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers: Arizona; School to Work Opportunities Act 1994