ERIC Number: ED110716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Interrelationships of Preadolescents' Student Characteristics Influencing Selection of Career Exploration Courses [And Abstract]. Industrial Arts Education Monograph No. 1.
Meehan, Merrill L.
The study investigated the interaction of personal and environmental factors influencing seventh graders' selection of career exploration courses for increased exploration in the eighth grade. A stratified random sample (496 students) was drawn from the Pittsburgh Public School's Occupational, Vocational, and Technical Exploratory Program. Personal and environmental factors included: (1) achievement subscores for industrial arts/home economics/business education; (2) factors of age, race, breadwinner's socioeconomic status, and home school; (3) vocational attitude maturity; (4) motivation; (5) occupational values of interest and satisfaction, salary, prestige, and security; (6) attitude scores for industrial arts/home economics/business education; and (7) student self-reports on teacher/program/peer influence on course choices. The dependent variables were 12 career exploration courses in rank order of popularity. Computations included Pearson product moment correlation, multiple regression analysis, and Behrens-Fisher t-tests. Some conclusions were that exploratory business education courses can successfully be implemented at the middle school and that it is possible to design learning activities which appeal to a wide range of student backgrounds. Sex, race, and occupational value-security were the most frequently appearing and stable influencing variables. Career exploration course selection by preadolescents is only moderately explainable by personal/environmental analysis. (Author/EA)
Descriptors: Business Education, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Career Exploration, Courses, Decision Making, Educational Research, Environmental Influences, Grade 7, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Junior High School Students, Secondary Education, Selection, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Technical Education, Urban Youth, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)