ERIC Number: ED415353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Career Guidance for Elementary and Middle School Students.
Maddy-Bernstein, Carolyn; Dare, Donna E.
Office of Student Services Brief, v9 n1 Dec 1997
In order to expand career guidance and counseling in elementary and middle schools, the availability of resources and materials that support career development activity was investigated and exemplary career guidance and counseling programs were identified. Results of the study revealed the following characteristics of effective programs: (1) exposure to career awareness and exploration is provided early; (2) students are assisted in identifying their interests and aptitudes and choosing their school courses; (3) career paths are viewed as a broad range of options; (4) a structured program helps students understand the world of work; (5) students have an opportunity to work or volunteer in business; and (6) curriculum is challenging and relevant. The study also found that the most effective career development programs are systemic (developmental, embedded in the curriculum, and accessible to all students). Leading curricular reform are schools involved in the Southern Regional Educational Board's "High Schools that Work" and the "New American Schools" project. A "Career Guidance Resource Guide for Elementary and Middle/Junior High School Educators" will be published in 1998 by the American Vocational Association and the American School Counselors Association. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Prepared by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign site.