Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Association Between Career Expo Interactive Experience and Student Outcomes

Session Number: 1498
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: employment, K-12 Education, Teens
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: George Lamar Rutherford, II [Assistant Director - The Univeristy of Mississippi]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jonathan Winburn [Director and Associate Professor - Center for Research and Evaluation]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Stephanie Hope Gilbert [Research Associate - The University of Mississippi Center for Research Evaluation]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Shannon Sharp, Ph.D. [Research Associate - Center for Research and Evaluation]
Time: Oct 31, 2018 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)
Room: Poster 279

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The Pathways2Possibilities program engaged 8th grade students by introducing them to career pathways, allowing exploration of these pathways through interactive exhibits and professionals from a variety of chosen fields guiding students in knowledge sharing.  The program informed students about the educational requirements for the different jobs available in each pathway and about the expected earnings in these fields. The goal of this program was to encourage students to plan from an early age a career path so that they can make academic choices that will support their career goals.

Data were collected and the event’s effectiveness evaluated by the Center for Research Evaluation (CERE) at the University of Mississippi. Students were queried pre- and post-event to evaluate effectiveness of the event including knowledge gained. A comparison group of 8th grade students from schools that did not attend the event were also included in the study to evaluate expo impact.

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