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ERIC Number: EJ892892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Liberal Arts Skills, Psychology Baccalaureates, and First-Year Employment: Notes on a Meritocracy Hypothesis
Rajecki, D. W.; Borden, Victor M. H.
Teaching of Psychology, v37 n3 p157-164 2010
Selections from the career counseling literature indicated that the undergraduate psychology curriculum is a potential source of generic liberal arts skills--for example, numeracy, literacy, critical thinking--said to be useful to baccalaureates entering the workforce. A "meritocracy hypothesis" stated that psychology and other liberal arts graduates having comparatively high levels of such skills should obtain relatively more desirable first-year-out employment. Alumni survey responses from a university sample (c. 2003-2006, N = 305) served to test the hypothesis, but revealed only weak and inconsistent support. Discussion touched on issues of adequate research design regarding the impact of acquired skills on employment outcomes, and the implications of accountability measures for improved career advising. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana