ERIC Number: ED414516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Delivery of Career Counseling Services: Videodisc & Multimedia Career Interventions: ERIC Digest.
Bradshaw, Richard A.
Over one-third of high school students in Canada are dropping out of school. However, the advent of multimedia computer technology has increased the potential of career interventions, particularly for at-risk youth. This digest describes such a program entitled Knowledge for Youth About Careers (KYAC). KYAC is based on attribution change theory and self-efficacy theory. Its video scenes model career development skills like information interviewing, networking, and other strategies. In KYAC, students select one of two main characters and then follow the character as he or she ages from 17 to 28 years old by touching their chosen character's face on the computer screen. During scenes, the action stops at key points and small graphic "thought balloons" appear on the screen so as to enhance user identification with characters. Users will actively seek the information in the thought balloons. Approximately two and a half hours of interaction time is available in the main character decision sequences. In addition, 32 hours of classroom and workshop activities reinforce and provide more personal application of the skills. Some 275 youth were used to evaluate the KYAC program; it was found that students sought better ways to resolve problems with learning, math, reading, and other skills and that they discovered good reasons to finish high school, among other findings. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Canadian Studies, Career Awareness, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Career Guidance, Careers, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, High Schools, Intervention, School Holding Power, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada