Students' perceptions of career conversations with their teachers

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

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    Internationally, schools acknowledge their responsibility in guiding students not only in their academic growth, but also in their lifelong career development. In relation to this development, vocational schools in the Netherlands are implementing integral career guidance in which teachers receive a new task in guiding students in developing their own learning and career paths. A questionnaire was developed to investigate students’ perceptions of career guidance by teachers during career conversations, and data involving 28 teachers were collected from 579 students. The study identified four different teacher guidance profiles. Remarkable is that teachers spoke very little about career issues, and school issues were mostly on the agenda. The results indicate that teachers struggle with the transition towards becoming a career guide of students, and aspects influencing the transition into this new role need to be considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)515-523
    Number of pages9
    JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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