Research Issues in Career Development Transition: An Exploratory Survey of Professionals in the Field

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

transition and career development

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

The Division on Career Development and Transition wants to chart a direction for the future, particularly with regard to the critical issues confronting the field.

What was the objective?

to identify the research issues most important to the field of transition and career development

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 29 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: collecting research priorities: initial list of items disseminated for comment to DCDT board members and other experts. Step 2: survey: 29 research areas listed, participants were asked to rank the top research issues they felt existed in the field of career development and transition, and asked to indicate with an X the three issues they considered the least important issues

Which stakeholders took part?

201 participants: 60% practitioners (e.g., teachers) who work in the area of transition, 15% administrators, 17% professionals in higher education.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Surveys were included in the July 1995 newsletter sent to the 2200 members of the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for Exceptional Children. The survey was also distributed to participants at the 1995 DCDT International Conference in Charlotte.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.