ERIC Number: ED149130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Career Education in Six School Districts.
Rittenhouse, Carl H.
Processes and outcomes of the implementation of career education programs during the 1974-75 in six diverse school districts located throughout the country were examined. Procedures were designed to use both formal questionnaires and case study methods in gathering information. Use was made of statistical, interview, and documentary data in describing and analyzing the implementation programs. Findings indicated strong acceptance of career education goals among education personnel and a willingness to incorporate the concepts into programs. Career education was seen as one of a variety of reforms that should be undertaken. Not perceived as a radical reform, it fit comfortably into elementary curricula. At the secondary level, it was difficult to distinguish it from vocational education. Cross district analyses indicated no substantial relationships bearing on career education implementation with respect to either teacher or student characteristics. There was little community involvement in planning and none in direction of the program. Tailoring career education to local needs was identified as the strongest single influence on classroom practice, with the outsider role limited to providing materials and other support to be used appropriately by district personnel. Relationships that enhance the chance for successful career education implementation were identified, but it was concluded that because of the complexity of the implementation process and the variety of settings it is difficult to establish clear cut relationships among implementation factors and implementation success. (An appendix detailing the procedures and another containing the case studies are available separately.) (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.
Note: For related documents see CE 014 398-400