ERIC Number: ED122005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-15
The Efficacy of Career Education, Other Ways of Assessing Effectiveness.
Schager, Cherylynn Risch
The paper focused on the efficacy of career education programs in areas other than academic achievement, career awareness, and career decision making. Forty-one career education projects, mainly supported by Vocational Education Act funds, were surveyed to identify the student effects of: (1) self-awareness, (2) career exploration, (3) occupational preparation and job placement, and (4) general attitudes toward career education. Tentative conclusions were: a positive influence on students' self-concept, particularly in the primary grades; different responses of elementary and junior high students to career exploration activities; no efforts to measure the effectiveness of occupational preparation and job placement programs; and generally positive student response of K-12 career education programs. Caution is suggested in examining conclusions due to the lack of true experimental evaluation designs, the ambiguous and often imprecise objectives of different career education components, and the lack of systematic identification of particular activities with particular student outcomes. Evaluation efforts of the projects in the study sample focused chiefly on process evaluation to demonstrate career education's effectiveness as an educational reform movement. Copies of survey forms and a list of participating career education projects are appended. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council for Career Education, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see ED 117 401, CE 006 681, and CE 006 845-853