ERIC Number: ED452212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-12
Enhancing a Career Exploration Program for 8th Grade Students with an Assessment for the Multiple Intelligences.
Shearer, C. Branton
The use of a multiple intelligences (MI) assessment to enhance a career exploration program for eighth graders was studied. All of the eighth graders (n=160) in a suburban middle school completed three sets of activities as part of their career exploration program. Students completed a multiple intelligences self-assessment, the Multiple Intelligences Developmental Assessment Scales (MIDAS) (C. Shearer, 1996), and were given interpretive information. They also completed an interest inventory and an 8-hour career shadowing experience. Only 105 students responded to the followup questionnaire at the end of the school year, and 85% of these reported that they had participated in the career shadowing experience. A large majority of students were able to recall the strengths identified on their MI profiles, and they agreed that the profiles described their strengths adequately. Data indicate that most students learned about their MI strengths and were able to use the information to make logical decisions about high school courses they would take and their career shadowing experiences. Data support the value of the Career Exploration Program for these students. An appendix contains a chart of the MI strengths and related career shadowing experiences. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).