Experimental evaluation of an interactive Internet career guidance program for parents of gifted girls
Ginger Clark, Arizona State University, United States
Arizona State University . Awarded
An interactive Internet program was designed to teach parents how to enhance their gifted daughters' career development. Information in the program was based on career development models put forth by major theorists as well as current research in the field. Information was presented as it relates to children and to parents' influence over their children's career development. Special attention was paid to career development issues that are unique to girls and gifted girls in particular. Text, graphic, audio, and video stimuli were presented in three instructional modules focused on (a) challenging irrational career beliefs and stereotypes, (b) increasing career development knowledge, and (c) fostering knowledge and use of career resources. Twenty-five parents were randomly assigned to experimental and wait-list control conditions in a pre-test-post-test-follow-up design. The treatment was administered at a university campus on Pentium-class desktops with high-speed access to the Internet. Significant differences were found between experimental and control groups on parental adherence to career myths, career development knowledge, and career guidance behaviors. The experimental group performed better than the control group on all of these measures post treatment. There were no significant differences between experimental and control groups on career stereotyping and career resource knowledge measures.
Clark, G. Experimental evaluation of an interactive Internet career guidance program for parents of gifted girls. Ph.D. thesis, Arizona State University.
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