The present study examined in vivo vocational exploratory behavior, utilizing ACT's (1988) DISCOVER program, of first-year college students enrolled in a first-year experience course. It was predicted that students would explore in a manner consistent with their UNIACT (Swaney, 1995) results. In addition, it was hypothesized that students with distinct interest types would explore vocational information differently. Lastly, it was predicted that psychosocial and study skill factors, career maturity, career decision-making difficulty and decision-making progress would predict and be predicted by exploratory behavior. A sample of 188 first-year college students participated in a two-week career exploration unit using DISCOVER and took the UNIACT interest inventory. Participants also completed the following pre- and post-test measures: Student Readiness Inventory (ACT, 2004), Career Maturity Inventory (Crites a Savickas, 1995), Career Decision-Making Difficulties Questionnaire (Gati, Krausz a Osipow, 1996) and Career Questionnaire I and II (Brown, personal communication, 2005). Results (a) partially supported consistent exploration based on UNIACT interest scores, (b) slightly supported that distinct interest types explored differently, and (c) indicated that psychosocial and study skill factors, career maturity, career decision-making difficulty and decision-making progress predicted and were predicted by exploratory behavior. Conceptual issues as well as directions for future research are discussed.Each FYE course section participated in a four class period career development and exploration unit. ... user ID and a detailed curriculum complete with individual class period objectives, discussion prompts, outlines, sample scripts and clearanbsp;...
|Title||:||Examining Vocational Exploratory Behavior in First-year College Students|
|Author||:||Rachel Fabel Pickett|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|