ERIC Number: ED192861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Assessment of the Communications I Career Decision Making Course.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.
In order to provide entry-level students with an opportunity to explore career interests while receiving college credit, Johnson County Community College implemented a pilot course in Fall 1979 incorporating an emphasis on career decision-making in an English composition course. The course, which had an enrollment of 49 students in two sections, was subjected to a three-part evaluation involving: (1) student self-assessments conducted at the beginning and end of the course to determine life values, goals, motivations for working, and reasons for attending college; (2) student evaluations of the course itself; and (3) a comparison of the withdrawal rates of students in the special sections with the withdrawal rates of students in composition courses without the decision-making component. Findings of the self-assessment indicate that after taking the course, students were more specific about their career goals and were more aware of values and events affecting career decisions, personal skills that could be used in an occupation, and sources of career information. While the vast majority of the students (95%) gave the course an overall rating of 5 out of a possible 7, the attrition rate for the combined sections was comparable to that of the college as a whole. The study report examines findings for each of the two sections. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.