The effectiveness of a guidance-based career exploratory program related to skilled trades occupations for internal-external locus of control middle school females Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a guidance-based career exploratory program related to skilled trades and technical occupations for internal-external locus of control middle school females in Murray, Kentucky. The problem was to determine the change in career interests resulting from the interaction between a guidance-based exploratory program and the personality trait, locus of control. The guidance-based career exploratory program was composed of ten one-hour sessions utilizing audio-visual media related to women in the skilled trades and technical occupations, role-modeling, experiential activities at a vocational school and guidance-based group discussions. The students' locus of control orientation was determined by the Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale for Children. The change in interests was measured by the scores on the Fine Arts-Mechanical Index, the Basic Interest Area scales (Mechanical/Fixing, Carpentry and Manual/Skilled Trades) and three Occupational scales (Auto Mechanics, Machinist and Truck Driver) of the Career Assessment Inventory. The study was organized as a pretest/posttest control group design and used the analysis of covariance to statistically analyze the data for the randomly selected samples. It was found that scores on the Fine Arts-Mechanical Index did not change significantly. However, on one specific Basic Interest Area scale, the experimental group showed a significant interest shift toward carpentry. It was concluded that a career exploratory program related to skilled trades and technical occupations did not effect a change in adolescent interests; locus of control level was not associated with a change in interests; and, an interaction did not occur between the treatment and locus of control levels to effect a change in interests.
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