Career maturity of general education development students
Pullens, Laveda M.
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Data regarding the career development and career maturity of GED students is limited. However, career maturity measures are recommended for identifying various attitudes, knowledge, and accomplishments that individuals need to develop their careers and to evaluate career development interventions (Crites, 1978; Thompson & Lindeman, 1981). Limited information of this type about GED students led to an examination of the four major aspects of career maturity. Students enrolled at two postsecondary schools (N = 93) were surveyed using the four subscales of the Career Development Inventory (CDI) developed by Super & et al. (1981). One-way ANOVAs were used to determine if there were differences in the students’ scores of career exploration, career planning, career decision making, and world of work information at the .05 alpha level based on the individuals’ age, race, gender, parents’ level of education and socioeconomic status. Findings showed that GED students scored highest in the career planning aspect of career maturity, and statistically significant differences were found in their world of work responses based on age, race, parents’ highest level of education and socioeconomic status.
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