Date of Graduation

5-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation (PhD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Brent Williams

Committee Member

Wen-Juo Lo

Second Committee Member

John Sassin

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the Three-Module Job Training Intervention on increasing job search knowledge, job search attitude knowledge, and job survival/maintenance knowledge. The Three-Module Job Training Intervention consists of Module I-Job Search Training (JST); Module II-Job Search Attitude Training (JSAT); and Module III-Job Survival and Maintenance Training (JSMT).

In this study, the researcher used three instruments to measure pre-training and post-training levels of job search knowledge, job search attitude knowledge, and job survival/maintenance knowledge. The Job Search Knowledge Scale (JSKS) measured the level of job search knowledge; the Job Search Attitude Inventory (JSAI) measured the level of job search attitude knowledge; and the Job Survival Success Scale (JSSS) measured the level of job survival knowledge. All three instruments were created by John J. Liptak (2009, 2015). According to Liptak (2015), an increase in the participant’s post-training assessment score compared to the participant’s pre-training assessment score indicates an increase in the participant’s level of knowledge.

In addition to Liptak’s assessments, the researcher used the Kirkpatrick Four-Level Training Evaluation Model to evaluate the effectiveness of training (D.L., Kirkpatrick & J. D., Kirkpatrick, 2006, 2007). According to the Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick (2006, 2007) levels one, two, three, or all four levels may be used to evaluate effectiveness of training. In this study, the researcher evaluated the effectiveness of training at Level I (Reaction) and Level II (Learning).

For the evaluation of the Three-Model Job Training Intervention at Level I (Reaction), survey results indicated effectiveness of the Three-Model Job Training Intervention. At Level II (Learning) of the Kirkpatrick Four-Level Training Evaluation Model, Liptak’s assessment tools

(JSKS, JSAI, JSSS) were used to measure participants’ pre-training and post-training levels of knowledge. Paired t-tests results indicated that the participants who received training from the Three-Module Job Training Intervention to increase job search knowledge, job search attitude knowledge, and job survival/ maintenance knowledge showed an increase in their levels of knowledge. With an increase in the participants’ level of knowledge in the specified areas, in addition to survey results, this study demonstrated the effectiveness of the Three-Module Job Training Intervention.

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