Measuring Empowerment and Student Engagement in a Constructivist Career Course
In a time of economic uncertainty, recession, and pessimism, colleges and universities still need to engage and empower students in constructing their career futures. Using a pre/post-test design including a comparison group, we explored changes in cognitive and affective engagement in school, self-defeating career thoughts, and career decision self-efficacy for students who were enrolled in a career course and students who were not. Including a sample of 76 college students, we explored constructivist career coursework as a mechanism of engagement and empowerment. Suggesting the potential of a constructivist career course to empower but not necessarily engage students, we found a trend toward increased empowerment for those in the career course with no change in students’ cognitive and affective engagement in school.
Author(s)/Presenter(s): Zoila M. Ganuza M.A., Tabitha Grier Ph.D., L.P.