ERIC Number: ED160321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Options: A Career Development Project for Rural High School Students. Final Report.
Dunne, Faith; And Others
Options was a two-year research and curriculum design project conducted at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) under a grant for the Women's Educational Equity Act Program Staff. The project completed the following: assessment of career-related perceptions and self-defined needs of rural young people in five different rural regions (Northern New England, Oregon, Tennessee, Nebraska, and New Mexico); design, field-testing, and revision of a curriculum focused on the general needs of rural students and the specific circumstances of youth in the rural Northeast; adaptation of the original course to specific circumstances in each of four other regions; field-testing of the adapted curricula in schools located in the four regions outside the Northeast; evaluation of the original and adapted curricula through a pre-post testing procedure; and development of a manual to facilitate the adaptation of regional curricula to specific circumstances of other localities. The Survey of Occupational Career Interests was used to survey 248 females and 191 males for purposes of developing the initial curriculum in the first year. The adapted version, Profile of Occupational Interests, was used in the second year to survey 953 males and 952 females. The four field test sites were divided into control and experimental groups (those receiving elaborate support services and those who did not). Evaluation indicated the development team/nondevelopment team variable was not significant but that student change was significantly more positive in the experimental classes. (JC)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Development, Curriculum Development, Differences, Females, High School Students, Intervention, Males, Models, Needs Assessment, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Regional Characteristics, Role Perception, Rural Youth, Sex Role, Social Change, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH. Dept. of Education.