School and work: Connections made by South African and Australian primary school children

Watson, M. and McMahon, M. (2007) School and work: Connections made by South African and Australian primary school children. South African Journal of Education, 27 4: 565-578.

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Author Watson, M.
McMahon, M.
Title School and work: Connections made by South African and Australian primary school children
Journal name South African Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0256-0100
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 565
End page 578
Total pages 14
Place of publication South Africa
Publisher Education Association of South Africa
Language eng
Subject C1
339999 Other Education
Abstract This exploratory-descriptive research focuses on whether children can connect school-based experiences to future jobs that interest them. A cross-national sample of 497 South African and 365 Australian upper primary school children participated in the study. The data from one item of the Revised Career Awareness Survey were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Differences between nation and gender were examined. The results revealed that the majority of children were able to make curricular, extra-curricular, or general school connections to future jobs that interested them. Males made fewer curricular and general school connections and more connections to extracurricular activities than females. The implications of the findings for career education in primary schools and for future research are discussed.
Keyword Career development
Career education
Children
Primary school
Gender
Extracurricular
Australia
South Africa
Career programmes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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