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Winsor, Helen Bruce

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Home Economics


Home economics students--Vocational guidance--United States


The purpose of this study was to document the need for occupational information dissemination to Fashion Merchandising and Textiles/Clothing majors by assessing the career development and occupational knowledge of these groups. Students enrolled in Textiles/Clothing and Fashion Merchandising courses at northern Illinois University in the Spring 1983 semester participated in the study by responding to both the Goodson Career Development Survey and the Tex- tiles/Fashion Occupational Knowledge Inventory developed for this study. The sample included both intended and declared majors in the Hone Economics Department. The respondents* year-in-school ranged from freshmen to seniors, with ages ranging from 17 to over 23, Results indicated that all respondents had a career development need for occupational information. Furtherance, while the intended majors indicated a greater need toward college major choice, the declared majors also had needs related to their college major. The occupational knowledge of the respondents was considered low, yet Textiles/Clothing majors scored significantly higher than Fashion Merchandising majors. The respondents* occupational choices also reflected their limited knowledge of occupational alternatives. Based on the findings, it was concluded that Fashion Merchandising and Textiles/Clothing majors have inadequate occupational knowledge of their field, and that there is a need for occupational dissemination. Furthermore, It was determined that Textiles/Clothing majors have a greater understanding of occupational alternatives than 30 fashion Merchandising majors, although the knowledge of both groups is still considered to be weak. Overall, the study documents the need for occupational information dissemination to declared Textiles/Clothing and Fashion Merchandising majors.


Bibliography: pages [48]-51.


vii, 61 pages




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