ERIC Number: ED354475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-18
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Career Self-Efficacy and African American Secondary School Students: A Preliminary Analysis.
Stickel, Sue A.; Bonett, Rhonda M.
Career self-efficacy as a component of career development has been an important research topic. Measurement of the self-efficacy construct has been a concern since inception of research in this area. The question is whether instruments will be measuring the same construct across groups whose experiences in acquiring efficacy expectations may be culturally different. In a previous study a different factor structure was indicated for Caucasian and African American samples. In this study, subjects (N=71) were 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade African American students. These students attended a state-funded residential school for children of the armed services, which is located in a mid-Atlantic state. Most students (85%) are African American and are recruited from a larger innercity metropolitan area. The Career Attitude Scale (CAS) was used which includes short descriptions of nine traditionally female and nine traditionally male occupations. Participants also filled out the Coopersmith Self Esteem Inventory (SEI). For this study, analysis of variance was performed on the total CAS scores as the traditionally male and traditionally female factors were not indicated for the African American sample. Analyses revealed a significant main effect for gender, plans for college, and year in school. A separate analysis of variance on the SEI scores indicated a significant main effect for gender. Plans for college and year in school were not significant. The survey instrument is attached. (Contains 18 references.) (ABL)
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