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ERIC Number: ED138826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep-26
Reference Count: N/A
Career Education Program, 1974-1975. Final Evaluation Report.
Kershner, Keith M.; Blair, Mark W.
The third year (1974-1975) of the Research for Better Schools (RBS) program was evaluated using five groups of students totaling 259 experimental students and 109 comparison students. These groups were administered a series of instruments on a pretest-posttest schedule in order to measure student performance. The RBS program provides secondary school students with cognitive skills, career experiences, and personal perspectives which aid in the selection and pursuit of adult life goals. Three principal instructional components employed to achieve program goals are career exploration and specialization, career guidance, and basic skills. Results of the study include the following: (1) Data analysis supported program effectiveness in the career knowledge component of career skills over a 2-year period. (2) Both first and second year experimental students showed significant increases in attitudes toward learning environments. (3) The experimental students' posttest levels were found to be significantly higher than the control students' scores. (4) The experimental program was not demonstrated to offer advantages in the provision of basic skills instruction. A series of recommendations were addressed to the continuance of successful program elements, the review of identified problem areas, and the investigation of indicated research and evaluation issues. Supplementary information to the report is contained in a separate volume. (TA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Career Development, Career Education, Career Exploration, Career Guidance, Daily Living Skills, Data Analysis, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania