Graduate Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Pedagogical Studies

Supervisory Committee Chair

Richard E. Miller, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Don Miller, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Robert Rothstein, Ph.D.


This study examined the career education needs of students and obtained information that will be beneficial to those involved in implementing career education into the existing curriculum at the local level. The major problem which this study addressed was the need to gather and evaluate information about learners in terms of their career education needs. Specifically developed for this purpose, the survey test of the Texas Career Education Measurement Series was used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in each of the 9 Basic Learner Outcome Categories for Career Education (Appendix E) and 26 sub-categories. The test was administered to a random sample of 240 students, 120 freshmen and 120 Seniors representing the school district at large. The results demonstrated first, that in three categories of the survey test 50 percent or more of the freshmen tested showed weakness while in no categories did 50 percent or more of the seniors tested show weakness. Second, results showed that in nine of the 26 sub-categories 50 percent or more of the freshmen tested showed weakness while 50 percent of the seniors tested showed weakness in only two sub-categories. Third, results showed that a lower percentage of seniors displayed weakness on every sub-category than did freshmen. Results indicate that the learner outcomes for career education are to some degree presented in the present curriculum between the ninth and twelfth grades.



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