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ERIC Number: ED379549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 60
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Career Maturity: Effects of Secondary School Co-operative Education.
Varner, Jan
Career education programs, such as co-operative education, have been shown to influence career development. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether secondary school co-operative education had the benefit of enhanced career maturity, as measured by the Career Development Inventory. An experimental design called the Solomon four-group design was employed. This design entails randomly creating four comparable groups: control and experimental groups that undergo both pre- and post-tests and control and experimental groups that take a post-test only. The experimental groups consisted of select students randomly assigned to participate in first semester co-operative education, while the control groups consisted of those participating in second semester co-operative education. No statistically significant differences were evident between the experimental and control groups' pre- and post-test standard score changes. Students selected for co-operative education were noted as having started at a higher level of career maturity than the norming group. Another observation was that more students, with initial scores below the fortieth percentile, experienced the greatest change compared to those starting above the sixtieth percentile. While the results produced were non-significant, this design is suggested for use in further research. Further exploration of longitudinal evidence on the relationship between secondary school co-operative education and career maturity is encouraged. Contains 34 references. (Author/BF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada