ERIC Number: ED065644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Social and Academic Factors in the Career Decisions of Canadian Youth: A Study of Secondary School Students.
Breton, Raymond; And Others
The conceptual framework underlying the study reported in this book is based on the premise that an adolescent's career development and intentions and decisions with respect to future career depend on three interrelated factors: social origin, present experience, and attitudes and preparedness for the future. Traditional patterns are followed in the examination of these factors for their impact on vocational indecision, educational intentions, and level of occupational preferences. In view of the observation from the data gathered that about one-third of the respondents were without a career goal, the authors have examined the factors behind this indecision in greater detail than in traditional studies. Data for the study were drawn from 373 public secondary schools in each of the ten provinces in Canada, involving academic, technical, vocational, commercial, and "composite" schools; about 150,000 secondary school students from all grade levels were involved in the study. Findings encompass the student's relationship to the future, community characteristics, social and family situation, role of significant others, school context and experience, and interaction between individual characteristics and social structure. Appended are data tables, student questionnaire samples, and a select bibliography of reference sources. (RJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Career Choice, Career Planning, Community Characteristics, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Educational Experience, Family Characteristics, Goal Orientation, Objectives, Occupational Aspiration, Public Schools, Secondary School Students, Social Influences, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Youth
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Authoring Institution: Department of Manpower and Immigration, Ottawa (Ontario).