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ERIC Number: ED506336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 148
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: ISBN-1-5870-3253-8
The Careers Project: Focus Group Perspectives on Provisions for Career Exploration and Development Opportunities at Selected Middle and High Schools in California. CRB 09-004
de Cos, Patricia L.; Salling, Katharine
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. The school focus group phase of the study involved groups of middle and high school students, parents, or school representatives in rural, suburban, and urban communities around the state. The goal was to assess their understanding of California's economy and the students' futures as workers in that economy, and to identify any existing obstacles to providing all students with access to the tools, services, or programs they need to gain that understanding. The school focus group report provides state policymakers and other interested stakeholders an insight into the many voices of students, teachers, counselors, principals, and parents that the CRB research team had the opportunity to listen to at a dozen school sites located in seven of the state's nine regional economies. Each focus group and school site provided a different perspective on the availability and value of career and economic information and experience for all students. We were especially interested in their understanding of their local economy, the preparation that students might need to succeed in it, and obstacles inhibiting student access to the activities, programs, or tools that would enable them to explore the "world of careers." Each focus group offered suggestions regarding the kinds of activities, programs, or tools that might enhance career exploration or development at their schools. Appended are: (1) California Map of Nine Economic Regions; (2) List of Participating Focus Group Schools; (3) Demographic Data of Schools; (4) List of Reviewers; and (5) Moderator's Guides. (Contains 1 table.)
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: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: James Irvine Foundation
Authoring Institution: California State Library, California Research Bureau
Identifiers - Location: California