Assessing Completion Rates of EMT-Basic Students Using the Self-Directed Search

by Rod Hackwith

Institution: University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Department: Educational Leadership
Year: 2009
Keywords: College dropouts — Prevention; Emergency medicine – Study and teaching; Personality; Personality assessment; Typology (Psychology); Education; Educational Psychology; Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Record ID: 1854393
Full text PDF: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/thesesdissertations/1194


With shrinking budgets and a need to demonstrate accountability to legislaturesand boards of higher education, retention rates of students have been utilized byinstitutions of higher education to demonstrate their effectiveness and value. Thepurpose of this descriptive, exploratory study was to determine if specific personalitytypes as identified by the Self-Directed Search (SDS) were more successful in completingan EMT-Basic course at the local community. Secondary data, collected as a pilot for thepurpose of improving program retention, was based on information gathered fromstudents (n=47) enrolled in an EMT-Basic class over the course of one semester wheresuccess rates were tracked in accordance with each students' occupational code asdetermined by the SDS. Social (S) and Realistic (R) types were the most predominantHolland code pairing and this group of students had a significantly higher pass rate thanother codes of this group.