ERIC Number: ED311340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Improving Equity Career Guidance in Indiana Junior High and Middle Schools: Results and Recommendations from a Three Year Project. Equity Career Guidance Monograph #4.
While many youngsters today are successfully mastering the life and career planning process, too many others are not. One faulty coping mechanism is premature closure, the untimely and ill-considered self-narrowing of alternatives. The goal of this project was to help counselors, teachers, and principals develop the insights and skills necessary to counteract forms of premature closure and biases based upon gender, socioeconomic class, and perceived ability. Seventy-one junior high and middle schools were selected to participate in the 3-year project. Recommendations drawn from the project's experiences included: (1) vocational and technical education has no image or an unappealing image to students; (2) self-esteem is the foundation upon which educational and psychological effectiveness is built; (3) policies and procedures must be implemented to generate data for use in rational decision making; (4) more support for organized career and life planning activities is needed, as well as more professional services; (5) the proportion of counselor time devoted to the special education and talented students should be in proportion to the size of these groups; (6) reality must not be exaggerated, distorted, or oversimplified; and (7) the economic and social environment needs to be improved. Providing comprehensive career guidance and life planning guidance services for junior high and middle school students can be an effective way to bring personal meaning to their school experiences. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Dept. of Counseling.; Indiana Commission on Vocational and Technical Education.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana