A study of the development of education-to-career portfolios: Creating high school students' career advantage
Patricia Agnes Papineau, Wilmington College , United States
Wilmington College . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to conduct a formative evaluation of a project that focused on students who were using technology in order to develop a display career portfolio. There are three federal laws that create an impact on preparing students to enter the workforce: the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (P. L. 105-332), School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA) of 1994 (P. L. 103-239), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA 97, (P. L. 105-17). The Colonel Richardson High School Improvement Team (SIT) requires information on instructional methods that enhance career-oriented learning for its students. The School Improvement Team needed to know specific information concerning the ease of use of electronic components in a career course during which the students developed a career portfolio.
The evaluation was conducted during a course offered in the fall of 1998 at Colonel Richardson High School near Federalsburg, Maryland. The evaluation of the course offered information necessary for adopting or adapting instructional strategies on career-oriented learning at Colonel Richardson High School. Colonel Richardson High School is in the Caroline County Public Schools system. This institution is a small, rural school according to the National Center of Educational Statistics (NCES). Twenty-three students participated in the course. The sample for this study consisted of students in the junior and senior year of high school. The students selected for the study voluntarily enrolled in a half-credit, elective course specifically designed for career preparation. This sample was to initiate and evaluate (1) ease of use in developing portfolios and (2) ease of utilizing electronic methods. The students were representative of the students in Caroline County Public Schools and may be considered self-selected.
The course appeared to be successful for content, inclusion of electronic elements, and ease of use. Students were able to voice their opinions and they found the electronics easy and fun to use. The cost was minimal and could be either absorbed into the school budget or handled by the students participating in the course.
It was recommended that career portfolio development be continued at Colonel Richardson High School as well as other schools in the Caroline County Schools System. Development of career portfolios should be available to all students throughout the school experience.
Papineau, P.A. A study of the development of education-to-career portfolios: Creating high school students' career advantage. Ph.D. thesis, Wilmington College.
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