ERIC Number: ED143831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
What Does Career Education Do for Kids? A Synthesis of 1975-76 Evaluation Results.
New Educational Directions, Crawfordsville, IN.
This report synthesizes the evaluation results of forty-five federally funded K-12 career education programs. Although, according to the author, diversity in individual program goals and evaluation procedures made the synthesis difficult and inconclusive, the tabulated evaluations are used to provide a status report on career education's progress toward meeting its goals. This status report, organized around the ten learner outcome goals for career education released by the U.S. Office of Education, can be summarized by the following statements: Concerning competence in the basic academic skills, results are neither positive nor negative but significant in selected instances; concerning values that foster a desire to work, results show good evidence of success; concerning career decision-making skills, results indicate that these skills were consistently strengthened; concerning job specific occupational skills and interpersonal skills, results show that the first area is rarely evaluated and that evaluations of interpersonal skills are encouraging but inconclusive; concerning self-understanding and understanding of educational-vocational opportunities, no objective data of self-understanding were reported but career awareness was achieved in the overwhelming majority of cases; and concerning vocational follow-up and consistency of career decisions, evidence indicates that it is still too early to measure these factors. In all other areas results were either lacking or too sparse to be significant. (BM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Decision Making Skills, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Literature Reviews, Measurement Objectives, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Synthesis, Vocational Followup, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Educational Directions, Crawfordsville, IN.
Note: For related documents see CE 012 414-415 and CE 012 479 ; Best copy available