ERIC Number: ED366798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
What Is the Impact of the Four Part Decision Making Process on "Undecided" Students?
A study evaluated the effects of a four-part decision-making workshop on students who were undecided about their selection of a major field of study. More than 1,500 freshmen at a midwestern university who had not declared majors received letters inviting them to the four 2-hour sessions of the workshop. Forty-two students volunteered to enroll in the group counseling program. The four sessions focused on the following: (1) discovering personal strengths and work preferences; (2) clarifying work values and identifying work preferences; (3) identifying interests and work preferences; and (4) investigating career resources, majors, and putting it all together. The group facilitators were trained professionals in the field of career planning and placement and advising. A two-group pre- and posttest experimental design was used, with the control group mostly freshmen students who received no career guidance and education. Students completed pre- and posttest questionnaires, both of which included a scale to measure the treatment effect of the four-part career decision-making process. An independent measures t-test indicated that students who were exposed to the experimental treatment scored significantly higher on decisional closure. The study concluded that short-term programs have value as a group career counseling model. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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