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ERIC Number: EJ904935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0003-1003
Students' Perceptions of a Program for Exploring Postsecondary Options
Deemer, Sandra A.; Ostrowski, Melissa
American Secondary Education, v38 n3 p79-94 Sum 2010
This paper focuses on findings from the first wave of a longitudinal study investigating high school students' perceptions and behaviors as they engage in a graduation project focused on exploring postsecondary options. Students (n=157) completed surveys regarding their achievement goals, sense of belongingness and career exploration endeavors. A subsample of these students (n=45) also participated in focus group interviews. Results indicate that students' goal emphases reflect attributes associated with mastery and performance goal orientations. In addition, students reported feeling favorably about the school and being engaged in the graduation project in meaningful ways, yet identified a need for additional explanation and support. Implications for secondary teachers and school counselors are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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