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ERIC Number: ED427266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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The Impact of Curriculum Change on Students' Learning and Their Career Preference.
Ekert, Michael; Wang, Aimin
The impact of curriculum change on student career preference was examined; specifically, the influence of the courses students take in geology or earth science in middle school or junior high on their career preferences was investigated. A sample of 545 high school students (average age = 16.74 years) was surveyed. A survey instrument with questions about students' eighth grade science classes was distributed in regularly scheduled high school classes. Desire to choose earth sciences as a college major was analyzed in relation to the presence of geology in the eighth grade science curriculum. Results indicated that those students who had not been in the primarily based geological class were significantly less likely to pursue a career in geological science after high school, and those who had had a fundamentally geological course curriculum were significantly more likely to choose earth science or geology as their major after high school. Rural students were less likely to choose geology than other students. The relationship of income was also examined. To meet the predicted 14% increase in job market in the next decade, suggestions about how to increase the number of students entering the field of geological sciences is discussed. The survey instrument and consent form are appended. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio