ERIC Number: ED400461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
ASVAB Career Exploration Program: Impact on Student Career Development. AACE Bonus Brief.
Wall, Janet E.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. schools that provides materials, services, and information for students and guidance staff to aid student career exploration in both the civilian and the military worlds of work. It gives military recruiters access to schools and opportunities to contact students who are interested in joining the military. More than 800,000 students in 13,000 schools throughout the United States participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. A national study was conducted to assess the program's effectiveness and its impact on students. Assessment forms were completed by a sample of students who participated in the ASVAB program currently and in the preceding school year, students who did not participate in the program, and guidance staff at schools that did and did not participate in the program. A total of 1,096 students at 48 high schools and 408 guidance staff at 352 high schools each completed at least 1 questionnaire. In addition, site visits were made to 6 schools that offered the ASVAB program, and 12 focus groups attended by a total of 94 students were conducted there. Analysis of the data showed that participation in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program is associated with statistically significant and positive impacts on students. Their career maturity increased, they engaged in more career exploration behaviors, and their career exploration knowledge was enhanced. These effects were persistent, lasting for at least 1 year. The program worked equally well for males and females and for whites and minorities. Participation in the program also helped to enhance military recruiting goals. These positive effects were not detected in students who not participate in the program. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Career Education, Hermosa Beach, CA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery