ERIC Number: ED118964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Summary Evaluation of Career Education Project for Buffalo Public School System.
Buffalo Public Schools, NY.
Evaluation of the three-year career education project in 12 of the Buffalo, New York public schools focuses on changes in pupils' knowledge of occupational information and the clarity, consistency, and reality of vocational interests. An occupational knowledge pre/post-test and occupational interest questionnaire were administered to 359 fourth and fifth graders at 10 elementary schools and 238 eighth and ninth graders at four schools. Pupils at both levels showed a significant increase in knowledge about vocations, an increased interest in artistic occupations, and a decreased interest in conventional occupations. At the junior high level, boys showed more consistency than girls during the project, and a high correlation was indicated between pupils' self-perceived ability and their vocational interest. Responses from six principals and 92 teachers to an open-ended questionnaire were mostly positive, with most faculty identifying the career education project closely with the counselor. Some of the career education activities observed were: an employment service, a plant-growing unit, role playing with puppets, writing vocational autobiographies starting with their parents and grandparents, using newspaper want-ads, group counseling related to rethinking vocational sex roles, and making filmstrips of students' vocational background and future. Tabulated questionnaire responses are appended. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Buffalo Public Schools, NY.