L. Irene Meisel

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Dewayne Mitchell, Emmett Burkeen, Carl Kreisler, Robert Melville


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Original department Counselor Education

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Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

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Educational Specialist


Attitudes of 100 selected CETA trainees were assessed in relation to their skill acquisition and guidance experiences provided in a CETA setting. Attitudes were determined and compared at four levels of training.

100 selected CETA trainees, 25 subjects at each of four training completion points, were assessed in relation to their skill acquisition and guidance experiences provided in a CETA setting. A survey instrument developed for this study collected trainees' attitudinal responses toward occupational categories about self, persons outside the job environment, persons within the job environment, and the inanimate job. The comparison of the four groups of trainees on the survey instrument indicated that all CETA trainees expressed higher levels of value on their attitudes toward self. Trainees at each level of training appeared to be placing great value on their attitudes toward others outside the job environment. As trainees moved through the training program, responses in all categories for all levels tended to decrease. The rewards or beneficial outcomes from the process of working appeared to be of more importance that the job itself for all trainees. Guidance and job skill acquisition experiences did not appear to have a direct effect on changing attitudes at any training level.


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