ERIC Number: ED199542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Can Research Improve Career Guidance Programs in Rural Schools?
Modisette, Laura J.; Bonnet, Deborah G.
The "Rural America Guidance Series" of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education is a set of sixteen handbooks designed to help rural and small schools plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a career guidance and counseling program for grades K-14. It has been widely adopted by state departments, intermediate service agencies, and school districts across the country. The use and effects of the Series was studied in depth in the school district of Cashmere, Washington, (involving approximately 1,000 students) in December, 1979. Although Cashmere used only four of the sixteen handbooks of the Series, those that were used were key to planning the career guidance program. The handbooks provided a way to assess the career guidance needs of 250 students, to assess staff needs, and to establish a goal-setting process for the career guidance program. It was found during three days of in-depth interviews with twenty-five administrators, teachers, counselors and guidance coordinators, students, and parents that the "Rural America Series" had seven primary effects on Cashmere's career guidance program. In general, the users of "Rural America" recommended the Series for its completeness, general applicability, high quality, and its valuable use as an organizational tool. They also cited its compartmentalized organization and its ability to promote confidence in its users. As drawbacks, users specified the large amount of material, its poor readability, the intensiveness of the training, and the Series' bulky packaging. Four recommendations for the National Center and two recommendations for the users of the materials were made at the conclusion of the study. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.