ERIC Number: EJ868063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Constructivist Career Development, Empowerment, Indecision, and Certainty
Grier-Reed, Tabitha L.; Skaar, Nicole R.; Parson, Lorien B.
Career and Technical Education Research, v34 n1 p3-20 2009
In times of uncertainty and change where the job market is fluid and the U.S. economy is weak, students need to feel empowered to construct their lives and forge their career paths. Constructivism has been suggested as one way to empower people. The current study explored outcomes in constructivist career courses using a quasi-experimental pre/post-test design. The empowerment, indecision, and certainty of 115 culturally diverse college students were measured using the Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form (CDSE-SF) and the Career Decision Scale (CDS). Results indicated that students in the career courses showed significant increases in empowerment and certainty and significant decreases in indecision. Those in the comparison group did not. Implications for constructivist career development are discussed along with recommendations for future research.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Self Efficacy, Labor Market, Measures (Individuals), Career Development, Quasiexperimental Design, Pretests Posttests, College Students, Courses, Decision Making, Student Empowerment, Career Education, Outcomes of Education, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Career Decision Scale