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ERIC Number: ED506334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 186
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Careers Project: School Survey of Middle and High School Principals and Counselors in California. CRB 09-001
de Cos, Patricia L.; Chan, Julie
California Research Bureau
The Careers Project is a study of the preparation all students in public middle and high schools receive to explore career options and the relationship between that preparation and California's state and regional economies. The California Research Bureau (CRB) undertook this research at the request of a bipartisan group of members of the California Legislature, with funding support from the James Irvine Foundation. This report highlights the most important findings drawn from survey responses provided by principals and counselors and focuses on key trends in different regions of the state and among schools serving middle and high school students. It is important to note that for the purpose of the principal and counselor surveys, career development was defined as including career orientation and exploration, and any other activity, program or tool that the respondents' schools use to respond to Education Code Section 51228 (b). In the first phase of the Careers Project, the CRB research team surveyed California middle and high school principals and counselors at 800 schools to identify: (1) the resources that are available to all middle and high school students to prepare them for career options, improve their employability, and orient them to California's state and regional economies; and (2) ongoing local business and community partnerships that assist students to explore the "world of careers" (or conversely, the barriers that impede the creation or the continuity of such partnerships). This report organizes the findings into five themes including: (1) a description of the responding counselors and principals; (2) the availability of school resources to orient students to potential career options in the state and regional economies; (3) ongoing local business or other community partnerships; (4) existing barriers for providing career development for all students; and (5) best school practices and models. Appended are: (1) School Principal Survey; (2) School Counselor Survey; (3) List of Survey Reviewers; (4) Description of Survey Responses; (5) Survey Findings; and (6) List of Other Credentials by Responding Counselors. (Contains 76 charts and 4 tables.)
California Research Bureau. 900 N Street Suite 300, P.O. Box 942837, Sacramento, CA 94237-0001. Tel: 916-653-7843; Fax: 916-654-5829; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: James Irvine Foundation
Authoring Institution: California State Library, California Research Bureau
Identifiers - Location: California