ERIC Number: ED330956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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A Comparison of Intervention Strategies for Undecided College Students.
Glaize, David L.; And Others
This study investigated the effects of different methods of delivering career counseling to college students. Three groups of community college students (N=148) undecided about their major received three levels of career development intervention: a life/career planning course, career testing with counselor interpretation, or no formal intervention. Both the life/career planning class and the completion of a career test battery assisted students in becoming more decisive about their career choice. Students in life/career planning classes were found to change more significantly in relation to career development than students who completed the career choice battery. This difference was attributed to three factors: (1) life/career planning counselors focused on personal growth as well as career development, while counselors who interpreted the career choice battery stressed the career decision making process; (2) the Career Decision Scale primarily measured one facet of career development, career decision making, while the Career Development Measure attempted to measure the entire career development process; and (3) career maturity is a function of personal development, an area that can only be explored in depth in an on- going class or counseling relationship. Although this study suggested that a life/career planning class provided more opportunity for career development, counselor interpretation of a career choice battery would be an acceptable alternative when departments are faced with money, time, and personal constraints. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991).