ERIC Number: ED164833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Experience-Based Career Education Project for the R.I. Department of Education. Final Evaluation Report.
Rhode Island Univ., Kingston. Curriculum Research and Development Center.
The Rhode Island Experience-Based Career Education (EBCE) project served high school juniors and seniors in seven communities by offering career exploration activities, career counseling, and academic instruction. (The academic component was not implemented in all participating schools.) The project sought to increase the career maturity, career knowledge, learning attitudes, and self concepts of EBCE participants. It also sought to increase or maintain the basic skill levels of EBCE participants. An institutional cycle design was adopted for evaluation making it possible for longitudinal analyses. The evaluation design included data collection of student achievement/change, project staff perceptions, and employer perceptions. The following instruments were used: Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills; Career Maturity Inventory; Student Attitude Survey; Self Directed Interest Inventory; and surveys to collect perceptual data from students, school staff, and employers. Test results indicated that EBCE students tended to show gains (some significant, some not) in all test areas and that academic achievement was not hindered by EBCE participation. Staff, students, and employers rated career exploration as the strongest component. Students perceived the career counseling component as helpful in sharing ideas and experiences. Overall, all participants were satisfied with the program. The project staff was successful in providing learning experiences, combining resources, placing students at job sites, recruiting employers, forming an advisory board, and devising a plan for eventual assimilation of EBCE into Rhode Island school systems at minimal cost. (BM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Career Exploration, Community Involvement, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Program Attitudes, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Surveys, Vocational Maturity, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rhode Island State Dept. of Education, Providence. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston. Curriculum Research and Development Center.
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island