Career discussions in vocational schools: how teachers guide students in the developing their careers

K.M. Mittendorff, P.J. den Brok, D. Beijaard

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to examine career discussions between teachers and students in competence-based vocational education in the Netherlands. A total of 32 career discussions were observed and analyzed with respect to four elements: content, teacher activities, student activities and relationship. Results showed that career discussions often focus on school issues (such as student’s progress and course curriculum) rather than career issues (such as future ambitions or characteristics of a profession). Furthermore, teachers hardly facilitated students in the development of self-directedness. Students asked very few questions, and teachers often dominated the discussion. The findings reveal implications for the practice of career guidance in schools, for example that teachers should change their role from that of a traditional teacher to facilitator, that students should receive more opportunities for self-direction, and that actual career issues should be on the agenda to a greater extent.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceeding of Disciplined inquiry: education research in the circle of knowledge, 2009 Annual Meeting - San Diego, California
    EditorsM.J. Feuer
    Place of PublicationSan Diego CA
    Pages288-
    Number of pages23
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event2009 Annual Meeting American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 13-17, 2009, San Diego, CA, USA - San Diego, CA, United States
    Duration: 13 Apr 200917 Apr 2009
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    Conference2009 Annual Meeting American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 13-17, 2009, San Diego, CA, USA
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Diego, CA
    Period13/04/0917/04/09
    Other“Disciplined Inquiry: Education Research in the Circle of Knowledge”
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