ERIC Number: EJ908261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Enhancing Life Skills Development: Chinese Adolescents' Perceptions
Yuen, Mantak; Chan, Raymond M. C.; Gysbers, Norman C.; Lau, Patrick S. Y.; Lee, Queenie; Shea, Peter M. K.; Fong, Ricci W.; Chung, Y. B.
Pastoral Care in Education, v28 n4 p295-310 Dec 2010
This study explored Chinese adolescents' perceptions of their own life skills development and the importance they place on such skills. The study also investigated the within-school and outside-school influences that may help develop and enhance life skills development. Six focus groups involving 52 high school students were conducted, using a set of predetermined discussion topics. Results revealed students' awareness of many salient life skills, including those related directly to academic development, "learning to learn", personal and social growth, and future career planning. The students were also able to suggest practical strategies that schools might use to further enhance students' life skills development. Contextual factors influencing the development of life skills appear to include not only experiences within the school curriculum and the guidance and counseling program, but also talent development opportunities, and family and peer relationships. The implications of the findings are discussed with particular reference to implementing comprehensive school guidance and counseling programs in Hong Kong.
Descriptors: Career Planning, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Daily Living Skills, Skill Development, Adolescent Attitudes, Comprehensive Guidance, Focus Groups, Social Development, Individual Development, Intellectual Development, Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong