An investigation into factors affecting secondary age student's choice of subjects and career aspirations

  • Denise Florence Wilkowski

    Student thesis: Other thesis - CDU


    This research attempts to identify the factors which affect secondary school age student's choice of subjects and career aspirations. An eighteen item questionnaire based on the Davis and Braithwaite's 1990 Project of National Significance-Career Education Student questionnaire was the vehicle for the

    Three-hundred and fifty Year 8-12 students enrolled at three Darwin high schools and one senior secondary college were surveyed.

    The results of the study indicate that of all the groups consulted by students with regards subject choice and and career/job plans, parents were the most influential group. Friends were also acknowledged by respondents as having a marked influence on the decision making process. School personnel were
    next in frequency after parents and friends.

    In order to better assist secondary students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make informed decisions about school and post-school options; the concluding section of the study offers some solutions concerning
    problems and suggestions are made regarding the development, organisation and presentation of future career education programs.

    Date of Award1993
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorDarol Cavanagh (Supervisor)

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