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Examining eighth-grade students' career decision-making

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2020
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Dramatic fluctuations in employment trends pose a problem for young adolescents embarking on the career decision-making process. Paired with inadequate career-guidance resources, this creates a serious societal problem. This study empirically examined relationships among eighth-grade students' perceptions of relatedness, autonomy, and competence (Deci & Ryan, 1985) relative to students' career decision-making readiness (Peterson et al., 1991). Eighth-grade students (n = 108) in the southeastern United States completed the Basic Psychological Needs Scale and the Career Thoughts Inventory. Correlational analyses reveal statistically significant relationships between students' perceptions of autonomy and student perceptions of decision-making confusion (r = -0.42, p = 0.00), external conflict (r = -0.43, p = 0.00), and commitment anxiety (r = -0.21, p = 0.03). Student perceptions of competence show significant relationships with student perceptions of decision-making confusion and external conflict. Perceptions of competence are associated with commitment anxiety (r = -0.18, p = 0.07), decision-making confusion (r = -0.36, p = 0.00), and external conflict (r = -0.38, p = 0.00). Satisfaction of relatedness needs are associated with external conflict (r = -0.36, p = 0.00), decision-making confusion (r = -0.34, p = 0.00), and commitment anxiety (r = -0.07, p = 0.49). The results provide valuable insights for parents, educators, and education policy directors. Development of a career-readiness curriculum designed to meet the basic psychological needs of young adolescents may prove effective in overcoming career decision-making confusion, alleviating commitment anxiety, and reducing external conflicts. Development and pilot testing of such a curriculum remain for future researchers.
Title: Examining eighth-grade students' career decision-making: self-determination theory and cognitive information processing.
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Name(s): Morris, Rosemarie Herbert, author.
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Bibliography
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Academic Theses.
Dissertations, Academic
Academic Theses.
Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation.
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2020
Date Issued: 2020
Other Date: 2020.
Publisher: University of West Florida,
Place of Publication: Pensacola, Florida :
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: 1 online resource (x, 277 leaves : illustrations, charts)
Language(s): eng
Abstract: Dramatic fluctuations in employment trends pose a problem for young adolescents embarking on the career decision-making process. Paired with inadequate career-guidance resources, this creates a serious societal problem. This study empirically examined relationships among eighth-grade students' perceptions of relatedness, autonomy, and competence (Deci & Ryan, 1985) relative to students' career decision-making readiness (Peterson et al., 1991). Eighth-grade students (n = 108) in the southeastern United States completed the Basic Psychological Needs Scale and the Career Thoughts Inventory. Correlational analyses reveal statistically significant relationships between students' perceptions of autonomy and student perceptions of decision-making confusion (r = -0.42, p = 0.00), external conflict (r = -0.43, p = 0.00), and commitment anxiety (r = -0.21, p = 0.03). Student perceptions of competence show significant relationships with student perceptions of decision-making confusion and external conflict. Perceptions of competence are associated with commitment anxiety (r = -0.18, p = 0.07), decision-making confusion (r = -0.36, p = 0.00), and external conflict (r = -0.38, p = 0.00). Satisfaction of relatedness needs are associated with external conflict (r = -0.36, p = 0.00), decision-making confusion (r = -0.34, p = 0.00), and commitment anxiety (r = -0.07, p = 0.49). The results provide valuable insights for parents, educators, and education policy directors. Development of a career-readiness curriculum designed to meet the basic psychological needs of young adolescents may prove effective in overcoming career decision-making confusion, alleviating commitment anxiety, and reducing external conflicts. Development and pilot testing of such a curriculum remain for future researchers.
Identifier: 1233442052 (oclc), WFE0000752 (IID)
Note(s): by Rosemarie Herbert Morris.
College of Education and Professional Studies ; Department of Educational Research and Administration.
Dissertation (Ed.D.) University of West Florida 2020
Includes bibliographical references.
Also available in print.
Subject(s): University of West Florida
University of West Florida.
Vocational education -- United States
Middle school education -- United States
United States
Library Classification: LD1807.F62j 2020 M677
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000752
Use and Reproduction: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/
Host Institution: UWF
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(OCoLC)1233458930

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