ERIC Number: EJ1033552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
Effect of an Experiential and Work-Based Learning Program on Vocational Identity, Career Decision Self-Efficacy, and Career Maturity
Esters, Levon T.; Retallick, Michael S.
Career and Technical Education Research, v38 n1 p69-83 2013
This exploratory study examined the effect of an agriculturally-based experiential and work-based learning program, Science With Practice (SWP), on the vocational identity, career decision self-efficacy, and career maturity of undergraduate agriculture and life sciences students. The SWP experience helped clarify students' career interests and career goals. Findings suggest that SWP has a positive effect on vocational identity and career decision self-efficacy but no measurable impact on career maturity. The findings of this study have implications for experiential learning programs in higher education and for the use of programs like SWP as a career intervention to facilitate student career development.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Work Experience Programs, Career Development, Undergraduate Students, Agricultural Education, Biological Sciences, Career Exploration, Occupational Aspiration, Career Choice, Decision Making, Self Efficacy, Career Readiness, Cooperative Education, Case Studies, Discovery Processes, Statistical Analysis
Association for Career and Technical Education Research. Web site: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~laanan/actermain/publications.shtml
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: My Vocational Situation; Career Decision Making Self Efficacy Scale; Career Maturity Inventory