Date of Award

1974

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate the existence or non-existence of patterns and trends regarding the persistence of career choice among graduates of the College of Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Campus. The problem was stated as: 1. What are the patterns in the persistence of career choice among graduates of the College of Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, during their undergraduate studies? 2. What are the trends in the persistence of career choice among graduates of the College of Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, during their undergraduate studies? The population, 1,141 students, represented the years 1960, 1965 and 1970. Each year group was examined in isolation for the purpose of identifying any significant patterns, while the total group was examined for possible trends. Students were examined on the basis of their records in the College of Education. The research design called for the evaluation of year groups on the basis of: 1. Sex--male versus female 2. Classification--the student's university classification at the time of entrance into the College of Education. 3. Curriculum--the course of study chosen by the student.

4. Continuity of Enrollment--excluding the surmner sessions, the consistency of continued enrollment in Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

The following conclusions were reported as trends:

1. Women outnumbered men in all areas of this study.

2. The number of men graduating from the College of Education decreased. 3. During the decade under study an increasing percent of the graduates did not enter the College of Education from Junior Division. 4. Most female elementary majors chose the lower elementary program while most male elementary majors chose the upper elementary program. 5. Physical education and Ul.lsic education majors were more persistent than students in either of the other two general curriculums. 6. Among all secondary majors, social studies was the most frequently chosen major. 7. Among all secondary majors, social studies and English were the most frequently chosen minors. 8, For the period under study, more women than men came to the College of Education from other Louisiana Colleges and out-of-state institutions. 9. The fact that only 68 students broke their continuity of enrollment indicates that persistence was high during the study period in the College of Education. 10. Sixty-four of the 68 students breaking continuity of enrollment had come from Junior Division. 11. The majority of the breaks in continuity resulted from changes in curriculum within the College ot Education. Changing from the elementary curriculum to the secondary curriculum or from secondary to elementary were the common breaks of this kind

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66

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