ERIC Number: ED427201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Seventh Grade Students' Perceptions of Career Awareness and Exploration Activities in Arizona Schools: Two-Year Trends. Arizona School to Work Briefing Paper #14.
Larson, Elizabeth Hunt; Vandegrift, Judith A.
In spring 1998, 1,020 seventh-grade students were surveyed as one component of a statewide evaluation of Arizona's school-to-work system designed by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. This second survey measured attitudes toward and participation in career activities. Results were compared to baseline data collected from over 2,000 seventh-grade students in 1997. Data showed that student participation in activities increased. Top-ranked activities were the same in both years: classroom speakers, discussions with adults, class projects, field trips, and job shadowing. In both years, more than 60 percent said at least one activity helped them think about choosing a career; roughly 35 percent indicated having a definite idea of what they want to do in the future; and student participation in various activities was positively related to their ability to define a career interest. In both years, mentoring by other adults was up, whereas mentoring by school personnel had decreased. Students who talked to adults about their careers were significantly more likely to have identified a career interest. In both years, fewer boys were apt to report any adult talked to them about careers. The number of students who planned to take classes in high school that teach job skills showed a statistically significant decrease. Girls were more certain they would take classes. In both years, about one-third of students agreed some jobs are best for women, and some for men; boys agreed most often. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Education, Career Exploration, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Grade 7, Junior High Schools, Mentors, Nontraditional Occupations, Sex Differences, Significant Others, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994