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The effects of middle-school career intervention on students’ career readiness

Abstract

The study examines the effectiveness of a career intervention in middle schools. The intervention was organized in eight 45-minute-long group sessions. A quasi-experimental pre- and post-test design was applied, with 120 students in the experimental group and 156 in the control group. Small- to medium-size effects were found in terms of reduction of lack of career information and an increase in independence in career decision-making. The observed effects were stable across gender and for high and low school achievers.

Resumé

Les effets d’une intervention d’orientation de carrière chez des collégien.ne.s sur la préparation au choix professionnel L’étude examine l’efficacité d’une intervention d’orientation de carrière dans les collèges. L’intervention a été organisée en huit séances de groupe de 45 min chacune. Dans cette étude, un design quasi-expérimental composé d’un pré- et d’un post- test a été adopté, avec 120 étudiant.e.s dans le groupe expérimental et 156 dans le groupe témoin. Des effets de taille petite à moyenne ont été constaté en termes de réduction du manque d’information sur les parcours professionnels et de l’augmentation de l’indépendance dans le processus de prise de décision. Les effets observés étaient stables entre les genres et entre le niveau de performance scolaire des étudiant.e.s.

Abstrakt

Effekte von Interventionen der Berufs- und Studienwahl in der Mittelstufe auf die Berufswahlbereitschaft der Schülerinnen und Schüler Die Studie untersucht die Wirksamkeit von Interventionen der Berufs- und Studienwahl in Schulen der Mittelstufe. Die Interventionen bestanden aus acht 45-minütigen Gruppensitzungen. Dabei wurde ein quasi-experimentelles Prä- und Post-Test-Design angewendet mit 120 Studierenden in der Versuchsgruppe und 156 Studierenden in der Kontrollgruppe. Es wurden kleine bis mittlere Effekte festgestellt in Form einer Reduktion von fehlenden Laufbahninformationen sowie einer größeren Unabhängigkeit bei der beruflichen Entscheidungsfindung. Die beobachteten Effekte waren stabil bezüglich des Geschlechts und bezüglich der Schulleistung der Schülerinnen und Schüler.

Resumen

Los Efectos de la Intervención Profesional en la Escuela Intermedia en la Preparación Profesional de los Estudiantes El estudio examina la efectividad de una intervención profesional en las escuelas intermedias. La intervención se organizó en ocho sesiones grupales de 45 minutos de duración. Se aplicó un diseño cuasi experimental pre y post prueba, con 120 estudiantes en el grupo experimental y 156 en el grupo control. Se encontraron efectos de tamaño pequeño a mediano en términos de reducción de la falta de información profesional y un aumento de la independencia en la toma de decisiones profesionales. Los efectos observados fueron estables en todos los géneros y para los alumnos de secundaria y bachillerato.

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Babarović, T., Dević, I. & Blažev, M. The effects of middle-school career intervention on students’ career readiness. Int J Educ Vocat Guidance 20, 429–450 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-019-09411-5

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