Beginning in the early years of childhood education though to senior years in high school, students are learning about the world of work and careers. And teachers are leading students’ learning about their futures. When it comes to career development learning in schools, teachers provide crucial learning experiences that expand their students’ imaginations and possibilities. Despite their obvious importance, teachers’ expertise in career development learning is pretty much unknown. ACCELL doctoral researcher, Greg Souvan, is exploring teacher’s interest and knowledge of career development learning that occurs in mainstream subject classes.
Career Learning in Mainstream Subjects
The primary focus of the research is to investigate mainstream teachers’ beliefs about teaching career development concepts within their classes in secondary schools. The findings of this research should heighten education departments’ awareness of career development learning in schools. Also, the findings will inform professional development for teachers in the future.
Teachers may have high self-efficacy beliefs when teaching in their specialist subject area. However, many secondary school teachers without qualifications or professional development in career development studies are asked to take a career education class. This research project is exploring teachers’ beliefs about their pedagogical expertise and their perspective on career development activities in subject classes.
The participants involved in this research are secondary school teachers. It does not matter if they have taught or have not taught a specific career education class. The research is exploring a mix of perspectives from different teachers.
Tell Us What You Believe
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Greg Souvan is a registered teacher and guidance officer who works for Education Queensland. His doctoral research is supervised by ACCELL’s Research Director, Peter McIlveen PhD, and Dr Stephen Hughes PhD. The research project is approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of the University of Southern Queensland. The project is approved by the following Education Departments:
- QLD Department of Education & Training,
- NSW Department of Education,
- SA Department of Education & Child Development,
- VIC Department of Education & Training, and
- Catholic Education (Melbourne).
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