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The effect of an interdisciplinary career exploration course on college students' career decision-making and career decision-making self-efficacy

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2017-12-15
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This dissertation explored the effects of a one-credit, semester long career exploration course offered at a mid-size comprehensive university in the southeastern United States and the effects the course had on students’ major decision-making and decision-making self-efficacy. Participants were undergraduate students enrolled in an interdisciplinary career course (SLS 1301) who ranged from freshman to senior year, in all different majors, including undecided. Students were assessed during the beginning and end of the fall 2014, spring 2015, and fall 2015 semesters. The assessments used were the Career Decision Scale and the Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Scale. The main purpose of this quantitative study was to measure students’ decision making and decision making self-efficacy growth before and after participating in the course curriculum. The research indicated that students reported higher levels of career decision certainty, and lower levels of career indecision upon completion of the interdisciplinary career course. The research also indicated higher levels of career decision-making self-efficacy upon completion of the interdisciplinary career course.
Title: The effect of an interdisciplinary career exploration course on college students' career decision-making and career decision-making self-efficacy.
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Name(s): Gallo, Jamie, Author
College of Education, Degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Dissertation
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2017-12-15
Extent: 85 pgs.
Language(s): English
Abstract: This dissertation explored the effects of a one-credit, semester long career exploration course offered at a mid-size comprehensive university in the southeastern United States and the effects the course had on students’ major decision-making and decision-making self-efficacy. Participants were undergraduate students enrolled in an interdisciplinary career course (SLS 1301) who ranged from freshman to senior year, in all different majors, including undecided. Students were assessed during the beginning and end of the fall 2014, spring 2015, and fall 2015 semesters. The assessments used were the Career Decision Scale and the Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Scale. The main purpose of this quantitative study was to measure students’ decision making and decision making self-efficacy growth before and after participating in the course curriculum. The research indicated that students reported higher levels of career decision certainty, and lower levels of career indecision upon completion of the interdisciplinary career course. The research also indicated higher levels of career decision-making self-efficacy upon completion of the interdisciplinary career course.
Identifier: Gallo_fgcu_1743_10267 (IID)
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Education
Committee Chair/Advisor: Thomas J. Roberts, Ed.D.
Note(s): Dorothy Rea, Ph.D.; Robert Triscari, Ph.D.
Subject(s): Education
Career decision-making
College students
Curriculum
Social-Learning
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Host Institution: FGCU