Career Exploration at an Appalachian University: Effectiveness and Pre-Existing Resources

Christen Tomlinson Logue, Brittany M. Zins, M.A., Sarah M. FLynn, Chris J. Dewhurst, M.Ed.
2019 The Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning  
Many universities offer career exploration courses designed to assist students in making effective career choices; however, it remains unclear whether pre-existing resources have a significant influence on students' ability to benefit. The purpose of this study was (a) to measure the efficacy of a career exploration course at an Appalachian institution in improving college and career decision self-efficacy and (b) to determine if the following pre-existing resources, academic readiness,
more » ... achievement, and familial financial resources, were significant predictors of post-test college and career decision self-efficacy scores. Participants were 127 traditionally-aged, undergraduate students at a private, Appalachian university enrolled in a 15-week career exploration course. Paired samples t-tests revealed a significant positive change from pre to post-test for college and career decision self-efficacy; however, hierarchical linear regression analyses revealed no significant influence of the pre-existing resources on post-test scores for either construct.
doi:10.14434/josotl.v19i2.23921 fatcat:r3luoh6bvnbyhem4di5ocb54aa