An analysis of the effectiveness of a career education cluster curriculum as reflected by student growth in career maturity Public Deposited

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  • Purpose of the Study The purpose of the study was to determine whether there were significant differences in students' career maturity as a result of exposure to the concepts of career education. The study evaluated the relative effectiveness of a developing comprehensive career education project to help students attain increased maturity of attitudes and competency in career decision-making skills. In order to accomplish this, the following procedure was considered. Procedure This comparative study utilized an experimental design consisting of one experimental and one control group. The experimental group consisted of students exposed to intensive career guidance and enrolled in classes in which teachers modified their presentation of subject matter to include career-relevant information. The students in the control group were exposed to a traditional teacher oriented instructional environment. A pre-test/post-test design was utilized. Student career attitudes and behaviors were surveyed by the Attitude Scale of the Career Maturity Inventory (CMI-Att). The statistical procedures used to assess the measured results were the F statistic and the Least Significant Differences Test. Conclusion The research concluded that students in the experimental group, who experienced the exemplary career education project, showed no significant difference in career maturity, as measured by the CMI-Att, when contrasted with students in the traditional teacher oriented instructional environment. Although the analysis indicated a significantly lower career maturity mean score for the experimental population on the pre-test, the gain in post-test mean score was not significant. One of the two experimental schools did show a significant difference in mean scores in comparison with one of the six (6) control schools. This gain in post-test score may be attributed, in part, to the exemplary career education project. Recommendations It is recommended that: Research continue toward development of measurement instruments which will explicitly evaluate the concepts of career education as advocated by the local school district. - The study be replicated with the inclusion of intellectual, cultural and socioeconomic variables in order to empirically verify changes in career attitudes.
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