Career Decisional State of Australian and South African High School Students

Watson, Mark, Creed, Peter A., & Patton, Wendy A. (2003) Career Decisional State of Australian and South African High School Students. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 3(1), pp. 3-19.

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The influence of contextual factors on the career decision states of 429 South African and 623 Australian male and female students in grades 8 to 12 was investigated. The results for both national samples on the Career Decision Scale demonstrate that grade, gender, and the interaction of grade and gender impact on the developmental progression of career decision behaviour. Gender differences across nations were more pronounced for males than females. Both South African and Australian students are more decided in lower grades. International differences suggest that South African students are less certain and evidence greater indecision than Australian students. The implications for educational decision points and career education practices are discussed.

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ID Code: 9645
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: career decisional states, high school students, career education practices, South African students, Australian students, gender differences
DOI: 10.1023/A:1022630413903
ISSN: 1573-1782
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:58

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