ERIC Number: ED334498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Senior High Career Counseling and Guidance Strategies: Are They Very Effective?
Herring, Roger D.
High school counselors have the mission to advise students, especially ethnic minority students, of projected labor shortages. Today's high school students also need to become more career oriented, and not limited to just looking for a job. This study examined the extent to which career guidance and counseling are delivered to senior high school students, career guidance and counseling is in need of additional emphasis, and there are differences in career guidance and counseling delivery relative to ethnicity. Subjects (N=295) were senior high school students, nearly evenly divided between African-American and Anglo-American students. Subjects completed an instrument called "Debunking Occupational Myths: A Quiz" to assess their irrational perceptions of general career awareness. The results suggested that subjects tended to display weak career perceptions across cultures, gender, grade level, and area of school and residence. The turmoil of adolescence and the search for self-identity have prompted many career theorists to caution against early career decisions. Students may not have processed enough relevant information before the senior year to warrant an actual decision-making process. High school students may not be receiving adequate or appropriate career education. The lack of efficacious career education to high school students, especially for ethnic minorities, can be disastrous for their futures. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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