Students in Transition

Research and Practice in Career Development
Paper: 978 1 889271 73 6 / $35.00
Published: May 2011

160 pp., 8 1/2" x 11"
Series: The First-Year Experience Monograph Series 55
Offering a primer on action research methodologies and examples of practice, Students in Transition: Research and Practice in Career Development responds to a dual challenge facing career development educators -- designing cutting-edge career development interventions and demonstrating their effectiveness. Overviews of quantitative and qualitative measures and career development instruments are presented to assist educators in documenting the outcomes of their programs and initiatives. The case studies in the final sections of the volume describe the delivery and evaluation of a wide range of career initiatives offered in diverse settings and spanning the transition from high school to college through the senior year. Career services professionals and educators at all types of institutions will find empirical evidence, research methodologies, and practical strategies to guide program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Table of Contents:

Foreword—Jennifer R. Keup
Notes From the Editors—Paul A. Gore, Jr. and Louisa P. Carter

Section I: Research, Methods, and Measures
Chapter 1: Career Interventions: What Works, Why, and Other
Important Issues—Paul A. Gore, Jr.
Chapter 2: Action Research: The Art and Science of Establishing
Real-World Evidence—Rachel F. Pickett
Chapter 3: Quantitative Analysis of Action Research Programs—Briana K. Keller
Chapter 4: Qualitative Methods for Assessing Career Development Outcomes—Louisa P. Carter
Chapter 5: Career Development Outcomes: Variables and Instruments
Across the College Experience—Wade C. Leuwerke and Bengü Ergüner-Tekinalp

Section II: Career Programs in the Early College Years
Saint Louis University—Transitioning Students From High School to College: A Career Development Approach for Deciding Students
North Carolina State—First Year College: A Major/Career Decision-Making Model for Undecided Students
Cuyamaca Community College—Career Development in a College Success Course
Florida State University—Career Information-Seeking Behavior: Rediscovering an Effective Career Intervention
Endicott College—Charting a Career Path: The Impact of Required First-Year Internships
Gettysburg College—A Modern-Day Apprenticeship Program
Elon University—Charting Your Journey: Life Entrepreneurs Program
University of Richmond—Destination Unknown: Sophomore Students in Transition

Section III: Career Programs in the Later College Years
University of Utah—A Collaborative Approach to Helping Humanities Students Find Career Success
The Ohio State University—Interdisciplinary Career Preparation: Professional Pathways Seminars
The Ohio State University—Qualified Undergraduate Interview Candidate: Transitioning to Professional Interviews
Southern Illinois University Carbondale—Assessing Career Development Outcomes in a Large Academic Department

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“The strength of this monograph is the selected case studies that represent a wide variety of colleges and universities and the positive outcomes gleaned from these career intervention programs. By using these approaches, staff members can assist students in understanding themselves and making better career decisions.”
- Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice

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