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ERIC Number: EJ1006839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Internship Quality Predicts Career Exploration of High School Students
Gamboa, Vitor; Paixao, Maria Paula; Neves de Jesus, Saul
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v83 n1 p78-87 Aug 2013
The provision of workplace-based experiences (internship/placement) is an important component of the training program of students attending vocational education courses. Regarding the impact of such experiences on vocational development, research results are not conclusive enough, mainly, if we consider the theoretical expectation that work experiences clearly affect the vocational development of adolescents. The main purpose of this study is to clarify the relationship between work experience quality and students' vocational development. Using a longitudinal design (pre- and post internship), we conducted a study that explores the relationship between perceived qualities of the training experience (autonomy, colleagues feedback, social support, learning opportunities, supervisor training, supervisor support) and the different dimensions of career exploration (beliefs, behaviors, and reactions), in a sample of Portuguese high school students (N = 346, twelfth grade). Overall, results suggest that the quality of work experience is relevant for the vocational development of students. With the exception of supervisor training, all other internship qualities were single significant predictors of career exploration over the internship period. Finally, implications for career interventions and for future investigation are offered in light of the results. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal