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ERIC Number: EJ1064638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3432
Enhancing Self-Awareness: Integrating Himalayan Art in a Career Planning Class
Wang, Michelle
Research in Higher Education Journal, v20 Jun 2013
The dilemma for many college students' job search process is their overwhelming desire to locate any job rather than to satisfy their true passions. Thus, a job search can become a highly instrumental, task-oriented process, preventing students' opportunity to discover themselves and their life's purpose. Self-awareness, however, is a central concept in career planning and development because understanding one's self is crucial for job search success. Thus, self-assessment is a foremost topic in career planning classes because job satisfaction is closely linked to employees' interest in the tasks they perform. This study explores the effects of using Himalayan art in a career planning class on students' self-awareness and understanding in their job search preparation stage. The idea was inspired by the principle of Baruch College--Rubin Museum Project: that is, exposure to and participation in the arts enrich students' college experience and greatly enhance their ability to learn, understand, and function on a much higher than usual level throughout their lives. Twenty-five students from a career planning class in a community college in North America participated in this study. The findings support that a majority of students were able to query their life purpose, set career goals and connect art with the career planning subject. In addition, students' feedback supports the statement that art is an effective medium in supporting students' learning and in building connections with subject knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York