Department of Rural Sociology
A state task force in 1977 defined “career education” as “a guidance and instructional strategy for improving individual achievement and facilitating individual career development, beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life.” Goals are to (1) assist individuals in discovering interests, capabilities, and aspirations and in developing positive attitudes about themselves; (2) assist them in exploring and understanding the world of work—the options available as well as requirements for participation; (3) assist in making career decisions; (4) motivate individuals to prepare for employment and/or further education; and (5) provide placement and follow-up services.
Are these goals being met in the career education programs of Native American youth?
To answer these questions a project was begun to examine the career interests of Native American students living in reservation areas of South Dakota.
Native American youth educational needs, Native American youth career interest
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Hess, D. J., "Native American Youth: What are Their Career Interests, Career Educational Needs?" (1981). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 684.