ERIC Number: ED263169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Occupational Specialist and Placement Specialist Program.
An evaluation was conducted of the Dade County (Florida) Public Schools' occupational and placement specialist service, which focuses on the development of students' ability to make rational and realistic career decisions. At the secondary school level, the program provided assistance, information and experiences to help students make a career choice. Assistance in appropriate placement was also provided, whether towards immediate employment, further education, or both. Occupational specialists worked in the junior high schools, focusing on career information dissemination and reducing the number of dropouts. In the senior high school, placement specialists provided job placement and followup. The evaluation defined the activities of the specialists, determined appropriateness of their activities, and assessed satisfaction of specialists, teachers, students, and employers. Survey questionnaires were developed and administered to selected participants, and a job analysis of the specialists' duties was made. Results indicated that overall satisfaction with the program was high. It is recommended that the visibility, working hours, and support for the specialists be increased. The need for criteria to identify potential dropouts from the program is also noted. (Extensive appendices include the job analysis survey, no-show report form, and the seven participant survey instruments.) (GDC)
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Career Guidance, Employer Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Information Dissemination, Job Placement, Occupational Information, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Pupil Personnel Workers, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.