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Brown, Richard D., 1936-

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education and Administrative Services


Business education


The problem of this study was to determine student interest in business education at Glenbrook South High School with implications for developing a career education curriculum within the Business Education Department at Glenbrook South High School. The study was designed to test the following hypothesis: There is no significant difference between extra-school influences and intra-school influences as related to selection of career choice by senior business education students at Glenbrook South High School. The 175 seniors enrolled in business education courses during the second semester of 1975 were asked to complete questionnaires and the data from these questionnaires were tabulated, classified and arranged in the descriptive areas and tables found in this study. The significant findings are summarized as follows: 1. The career choice indicated most frequently by senior business education students at Glenbrook South High School was in the area of business administration and related fields. Almost twice as many males as females indicated this preference. 2. The female responses were considerably higher than male responses in the career areas of social service and public service and also in the career area of clerical and secretarial. 3. The null hypothesis, "there is no significant difference between extra—school influences and intra—school influences as related to selection of career choice by senior business education students at Glenbrook South High School," was rejected. Extra-school influences, which included parents, brothers and sisters, and friends, were far more influential than intra-school influences. Intra-school influences included teachers and counselors. 4. Approximately 87 per cent of the students surveyed indicated that they plan to attend either a four-year college or a two-year college within the year after their graduation from high school. 5. When students were asked to indicate their reasons for selecting courses in the general high school curriculum, the largest response (34.5 per cent) indicated that they selected courses which would provide them with the best preparation for college and work. 6. Only 2.92 per cent of the students indicated that their main reason for selecting their high school courses was because certain courses appeared to be easy. 7. The highest number of responses indicated that students enrolled in social business courses and skills courses because they felt that they would need these courses for their future career plans. 8. Students take personal-use courses because they feel they can use these courses in college, because their counselors recommend certain courses or because Consumer Education is required for graduation. 9. The highest response given by students when asked why they did not select courses in the Business Education Department was that they have no need for such courses in their future career plans.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 93 pages, 4 unnumbered pages




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