ERIC Number: ED427202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Tenth Grade Students' Perceptions of Career Preparation and Work Experience in Arizona Schools: Two-Year Trends. Arizona School to Work Briefing Paper #15.
Larson, Elizabeth Hunt; Vandegrift, Judith A.
In spring 1998, 1,057 10th-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 10th-grade students in 1997. Data indicated that, in both years, nearly all students had at least an idea of their career area of interest; gender differences were observed in students' selections of career interests. Student participation in activities increased. Statistically significant differences in participation by sex were evident: more girls reported learning about careers in class and participating in volunteer activities; and more boys participated in internships with pay, worked for pay in a job unrelated to their careers, and had business mentors. The share of students who had selected a career interest increased as participation rose. All 14 activities were at least "somewhat" helpful to students in making career selections. In both years, students ranked family, teachers, and friends most highly as influencing career interests. One-fourth of students in 1998 compared to one-third of students in 1997 indicated they never received career guidance at school. Less than one-half of students were aware of courses related to career interests; even fewer actually took a course related to their interests. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Grade 10, High Schools, Mentors, Nontraditional Occupations, Sex Differences, Significant Others, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Teacher Student Relationship, Vocational Interests
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