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ERIC Number: EJ814390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Career Development Project for Incarcerated Youth: Preparing for the Future
Moody, Barbara; Kruse, Gordon; Nagel, Jeffrey; Conlon, Bill
Journal of Correctional Education, v59 n3 p231-243 Sep 2008
This qualitative study examined student perceptions of the Career Development curriculum used at Robert Farrell School. Students at Robert Farrell School are required to complete a career project to fulfill the Oregon State requirement that students demonstrate career skills to earn a high school diploma. There is substantial evidence indicating that career development is a crucial element of the educational process as students move into the labor market. During the course of the study conducted at Robert Farrell School, data was collected on seventy-three students who have participated in the curriculum over a six year time span. Twenty-eight students currently on campus were surveyed to answer three major questions regarding the career development project (CDP): 1. Did the students believe the CDP project helped them achieve important career skills? 2. What perceptions did the students have of their experience in the CDP curriculum? 3. Did students believe the process of completing their CDP was valuable? The results indicate students believed that completing the career development project was valuable because they benefited from learning about their own career interests and actual career projects. The findings of this study reinforce existing research indicating career development is a crucial element of the educational process as students transition from high school to post secondary education and/or the labor market. This study has implications for juvenile corrections educations programs. Studies show that students who participate in career exploration programs are more likely to graduate from high school, and educational attainment is a key factor in reducing recidivism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon