A longitudinal study of the experience of a career development program for rural school students

McIlveen, Peter and Morgan, Tanya and Bimrose, Jennifer (2012) A longitudinal study of the experience of a career development program for rural school students. Australian Journal of Career Development, 21 (1). pp. 22-30. ISSN 1038-4162

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This study investigated students’ experiences of a career development program that was established to foster interest in and aspirations for higher education within high school students residing in rural and isolated areas of Australia. Nine students who participated in the program were interviewed 18 months later to explore their recollections of the experience. Results of the study revealed three themes pertaining to the value of career planning information, elaboration and confirmation of career thoughts and the social connectedness and positive experience the program provided. It was concluded that the program had a long-term positive impact and that there should be consideration given to exploring the cost-benefit of such programs in terms of university attrition rates.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2011 Australian Council for Educational Research. Accepted version made available - permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 06:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 00:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: career development, rural, longitudinal, access, equity, social justice
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21103

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