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ERIC Number: EJ935194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Adolescents' Perceived Career Challenges and Needs in a Disadvantaged Context in South Africa from a Social Cognitive Career Theoretical Perspective
Buthelezi, T.; Alexander, D.; Seabi, J.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v23 n3 p505-520 2009
The study sought to understand adolescents' perceived career challenges and needs in a disadvantaged context using the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT). A qualitative research design based on semi-structured interviews was conducted with 12 Grade 9 and Grade 10 learners from a disadvantaged background. The results of the study indicated a strong reciprocal relationship between adolescents' social environment, their cognitive processes such as self-efficacy beliefs and their career development. Many of the learners' career challenges were contextually based, and their career needs were a response to their career challenges, which corresponds with the theoretical underpinnings of the SCCT. It was therefore thought that a career intervention based on the tenets of the SCCT would be appropriate for this study. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa