ERIC Number: ED410397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Experimental Evaluation of Self-Efficacy Treatment on Technical/Scientific Career Outcomes.
Dawes, Mary E.; Horan, John J.; Hackett, Gail
A study evaluated experimentally a technology education program designed to provide mastery experiences described in Bandura's self-efficacy theory (1986) and predicted to improve career decision making. Seventh graders (n=97) and eighth graders (n=72) were stratified on grade level and randomly assigned either to a commercially published technology education program with self-efficacy components or to control curricula. Over 7 weeks, the experimental program attempted to foster exploration and performance accomplishments in the students' choice of 3 out of 21 possible technical and scientific careers. Pre- and posttest instruments assessed technical/scientific self-efficacy and career interest. Three separate MANOVAs showed no treatment effects were found, possibly because students in the experimental group were allowed to choose modules that might reflect their own interests, thus influencing their favorable ratings of the program. (Contains 37 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Career Exploration, Decision Making, Educational Research, Grade 7, Grade 8, Junior High Schools, Occupational Aspiration, Self Concept Measures, Self Control, Self Efficacy, Social Behavior, Social Cognition, Social Development, Technology Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Chicago, IL, August 1997).