ERIC Number: ED298325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Outcomes of a Group Career Planning Process. Occasional Paper No. 126.
McAuliffe, Garrett J.
A study examined a group career decision-making treatment for community college students and attempted to determine the following: (1) the effects of group career decision-making skills, appropriateness of occupational choice, and frequency of information-seeking behavior; (2) the relationship between decision-making skills and the appropriateness of subjects' decisions; (3) the effect of the comprehensiveness and duration of a treatment; and (4) the effects of age, sex, and reading-level differences on career decision-making and on structured group interventions. Following a review of literature that found significant positive outcomes in many studies of group treatments, 39 students volunteered to take career decision-making courses in fall 1983 at a rural, open-admissions community college in the northeast. Two experimental groups received a longer treatment of 20 75-minute sessions for 10 weeks or a shorter treatment of 10 75-minute sessions lasting 5 weeks. The third group was in a no-treatment condition for 5 weeks and then received the longer treatment. The results favored the effectiveness of the longer treatment. Some significant age differences, favoring younger students, were noted, although sex and reading-level differences were negligible. The research encourages continued group approaches to career decision making, but warns about the limitation of short-term interventions and those that do not provide for individualization. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Planning, College Students, Community Colleges, Counseling Techniques, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Length, Skill Development, Small Group Instruction, Two Year Colleges
National Center Publications, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. OC126--$3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.