ERIC Number: ED265403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Student Career Choices in Three High Schools of the Upper Cumberland Region of Middle Tennessee.
A study determined what careers 11th- and 12th-grade students have chosen and who was the greatest influence in their choices. It identified the following: (1) career choices teachers selected for the most able student; (2) career counseling roles for school personnel; and (3) major influences in students' career choices. Questionnaires were developed and administered to all high school teachers and 11th- and 12th-grade students of three Upper Cumberland, Tennessee, high schools. Surveyed students as a group listed other, vocations, business, undecided, and medicine as their top five career choices. Teachers as a group ranked engineering, medicine/business, high tech, vocations, and law as preferred careers for their most able students. Students selected friends, others, mothers, fathers, and vocational teachers as the most influential persons in their choice of careers. When schoolmates, friends, and others are combined, 55 percent of the students' choice influence comes from individuals with limited career information. Teachers indicated that fathers, mothers, counselors, vocational teachers, and science teachers/others should be the most influential in student career choice. In general, students and teachers reported that salary is the primary reason students do not choose education as a career, followed by educational requirements and working conditions. (Eleven data tables are provided.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (14th, Biloxi, MS, November 7, 1985).