ERIC Number: EJ1095419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Further Research on an Undergraduate Measure of Professional Development Engagement
Blau, Gary; Pred, Robert; Andersson, Lynne; Lopez, Andrea B.
College Student Journal, v49 n4 p572-578 Win 2015
Professional Development Engagement (PDE) refers to the level of undergraduate engagement in professional development. Professional Development (PD) involves activities designed to help students prepare for a successful college-to-work transition. This study tested a new 12-item measure of PDE for a complete-data sample of 246 undergraduate business students aggregated across the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014. The "did not use" response to an activity for each of the ten Career/Professional Development Center (CPDC) items in the PDE measure resulted in a surprisingly high aggregated loss of respondents (61%). Further investigation showed that students who never joined a student professional organization (SPO) had a higher "did not use" response percentage across these ten items versus students who had joined an SPO. Overall, the results support a reliable 12-item PDE scale.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Professional Development, Education Work Relationship, Professional Associations, Business Administration Education, Item Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Student Participation, Student Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania