ERIC Number: ED182528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-30
Sharing Career Education Resources with Schools: An Exploratory Study of Employer Willingness.
Richards, Edgar L.
To aid schools planning career education programs, a study (1) identified resources which organizations might be willing to share with schools and (2) attempted to match available resources to easily observable characteristics of employment organizations. Produced through use of the Delphi technique, two lists of variables (organizational resources and organizational characteristics) formed the content of a questionnaire developed for administration to 178 members of twenty-seven service clubs (Exchange, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary) in Delaware, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania. A company's overall willingness to share resources was compared to eleven operating characteristics: current school assistance, formal recruitment program, formal staff training program, management that encourages employee community service, hiring of skilled non-professionals, support of employee education, engagement in public service, public relations officer, student hiring, job openings, and apprenticeship program. Willingness to share each of sixteen resources was also compared to six other organizational characteristics. Responses were also analyzed for two open-ended questions: other resources business might be willing to share and other ways in which businesses would like to be involved in planning and implementing career education programs. The major conclusion was that the employer community is an underused resource available to schools. (YLB)
Descriptors: Business, Career Education, Community Resources, Community Services, Cooperative Planning, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Industry, Institutional Characteristics, Program Development, Questionnaires, Resources, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Districts
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For a related document see CE 024 088