An investigation into the career aspirations and expectations of grade XI students in St. John's, Newfoundland and the congruency of these variables with the occupational distribution of Canada's employed labour force

Vickers, Michael John (1972) An investigation into the career aspirations and expectations of grade XI students in St. John's, Newfoundland and the congruency of these variables with the occupational distribution of Canada's employed labour force. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study was concerned with the career aspirations and expectations of grade eleven students in St. John's, Newfoundland, and the congruency of these variables with the occupational distribution of Canada's employed labour force. -- The purposes of the present study were: 1) to deternine the educational and vocational aspirations, and expectations of students. 2) to identify those factors which influence educational and vocational aspirations, and expectations of students. 3) to determine the degree of congruency between vocational aspirations and vocational expectations of students with the occupational distribution of Canada's employed labour force. -- The data used in the study were obtained through the administration of a multiple choice interview schedule to a selected sample of one hundred-ninety grade eleven students in St. John's, Newfoundland, and from Statistics Canada. -- A major finding of the investigation suggests that both the vocational aspirations and the vocational expectations of students were greatly inconsistent with the percentage distribution of Canada's employed labour force for the various occupational categories used by Statistics Canada. -- The results of the study suggest that the higher the educational aspirations of students, the higher were their educational expectations. A majority of the students aspired to further education beyond high school. -- A significant difference was found to exist between the vocational aspirations of students and their vocational expectations. While a majority of students aspired to careers in the Professional and technical occupations, less than half of these students actually expected to reach their desired occupation. -- The results of the study revealed that several school and personal related factors significantly influenced the educational and vocational aspirations, and expectations of students. These included: 1) the educational level of students' "best friend." 2) the educational level of students' "friends." 3) students' high school academic average. 4) students' estimate of their leadership ability. 5) teacher encouragement to students to continue their education. 6) indications by students as to whether or not they liked school. 7) students' rating of counseling services available at their schools.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7236
Item ID: 7236
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 127-130.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1972
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Avalon Peninsula--St. John's
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Vocational interests--Newfoundland and Labrador; Labor supply--Canada

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