ERIC Number: ED444093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
The Effects of a Two-Semester Career Exploration Intervention Class on the Career Development Inventory Scores of High School Seniors.
O'Hara, Mary C.
The past decade has seen an increase in public awareness about the need to commit more resources to aid students in their transitions from school to work, but most high school career counselors have responsibilities which preclude them from spending time on individual career counseling. This paper describes a project designed to determine if a piloted one-year career exploration class for high school seniors improved their career development compared to students who did not complete the class. The results demonstrated that the intervention significantly improved students' awareness and career exploration behaviors. After the intervention, 56% of the experimental group scored in the High Profile Type for both attitude and knowledge compared to 16% of the control and 22.7% of the national norm. The change between pre- and post-test career development knowledge scores was not significant and several factors are given for possible influences, including the fact that initial scores were already in the 49%, and the higher the benchmark, the more challenging it is to achieve improvement. The paper concludes that a year-long connection between students and teacher in a classroom environment may be an excellent way to stimulate career development. (Contains 14 tables and 29 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, University of La Verne.