ERIC Number: ED360572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
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Impact of Self-Efficacy Expectations on Adolescent Career Choice.
Gillespie, David; Hillman, Stephen B.
This study was conducted to explore the impact of several aspects of self-efficacy expectations in relation to the vocational considerations of high school students. Career self-efficacy expectations and decision making by male (N=132) and female (N=92) high school students in general education (N=108), special education (N=41), and an alternative high school program (N=75) were examined. Students completed the Career Decision Scale, the Occupational Self-Efficacy Scale (modified version), the Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy Scale (modified version), and a background questionnaire. Gender based differences were found in relation to the occupations considered and self-efficacy estimates. Males reported lower career self-efficacy estimates and restricted consideration of cross-gender options as compared to females. Results also indicated that students in general education reported greater self-efficacy expectations compared to special education or alternative education students. Stepwise multiple regression analyses with employment consideration of gender biased occupations and career decidedness as the dependent variables yielded results that varied by educational placement. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).