ERIC Number: ED150305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Report for the Occupational Exploration Program. Pilot Test 1975.
Lave, Janice; And Others
Pilot testing was conducted on parts of the Occupational Exploration Program (OEP), a classroom program designed to enhance the career awareness and career understandings of seventh and eighth grade students through simulations, games, and small group and individualized activities. The Introduction to Occupational Exploration unit and three cluster packages representing the Trade and Finance, Health and Welfare, and Construction industries were implemented in more than twenty classrooms in two different school districts to pilot test the feasibility of using the program in regular classroom settings. Interviews were conducted and questionnaires were administered to both teachers and students using the OEP materials. For students the questions dealt with interest, use, and understanding. For teachers, the questions focused on classroom organization, management problems, and general appeal/quality of the materials. The data collected was compiled for the introduction and for each cluster package as total units and for each specific product within those units. For the cluster packages and for most of the specific products within them, results were highly positive. Students felt that the products were interesting and appealing; that they could, in general, easily read them; and that they were learning about various aspects of the occupations included in the materials. Results from teachers not only verified the student perceptions but also indicated that the program could be implemented in the classroom without much difficulty. (A section on trends analysis from the data collected in 1974-75 and appendixes containing evaluation instrumentation are included.) (TA)
Descriptors: Building Trades, Career Education, Career Exploration, Curriculum Evaluation, Finance Occupations, Group Activities, Health Occupations, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Occupational Clusters, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Simulation, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
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