ERIC Number: ED418324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Tenth Grade Students' Perceptions of Career Preparation and Work Experience in Arizona Schools. Arizona School to Work Briefing Paper #9.
Larson, Elizabeth Hunt; Vandegrift, Judith A.
A survey assessed the extent to which Arizona 10th-grade students selected career majors, planned a course of study for high school and beyond, and received adult guidance related to careers through the school. In total, 2,131 tenth grade students participated in the survey administered in spring 1997 after one full year of school-to-work (STW) regional funding. Students represented 97 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 examined whether responses differed by gender, ethnicity, and partnership. Findings indicated 39.8 percent of the students had a definite idea of what they wanted to do in the future; 54.5 percent had some idea of what they wanted to do. Students who identified a definite career choice indicated where their interests were in terms of one of Arizona's six "Career Pathways." Two pathways reflected prominent differences with respect to gender: more girls were interested in health services careers; more boys were interested in engineering. Over half participated in 7 of 14 activities assessed. Most often, students reported having learned about jobs or careers in class; least often, they reported having had a business mentor. A majority rated all activities as "somewhat helpful." For 9 of 10 students, family was most helpful in determining a career choice. Nearly one-third reported they had never received career guidance at school. (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