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Applying the social learning approach to assist community college students in making career choices
This thesis documents the results from a study of the application of the social learning approach to assist community college students in making career choices. The research project was conducted in two "Freshman Seminar" classes during the spring 2006 semester at a large, urban, diverse community college. Using test-intervention-retest methodology, the instruments that were used to assess the students were the Self-Directed Search and the Career Beliefs Inventory. The Self-Directed Search was administered once to the study group. The method was to apply an intervention designed to help students in the study group engage in career exploration activities. The method of control was to administer the Career Beliefs Inventory to students in two other classes typically taken by other first year students, but not take the Self-Directed Search assessment or participate in structured career exploration activities within that class. The analysis of the results of the Career Beliefs Inventory was conducted. Results of the post-test mean scores of the study group indicated that the intervention had a positive impact in the following subscales of the Career Beliefs Inventory: Peer Equality, Career Path Flexibility, Job Experimentation, Relocation, Learning Job Skills, and Overcoming Obstacles. It is important to note that the study was a controlled experiment and was not statistically valid because there was an insufficient sample size.