Your Children – Our Students: Can Saskatchewan Parents and Schools Connect in Support of Career Development of Youth?

dc.contributor.advisorKesten, Cyril A.
dc.contributor.authorLewis, Vanessa Nicole
dc.contributor.committeememberSalm, Twyla L.
dc.contributor.committeememberPete, Shauneen
dc.contributor.externalexaminerpatterson, donna
dc.descriptionA Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Regina. vii, 128 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractResearch has identified that parents are a key influence in the career planning process of adolescents. Despite this, limited research exists in regard to how schools and parents/guardians might connect in support of the career development process of youth. The purpose of this research was to explore what Saskatchewan parents/guardians do to support the career development process of their high school aged children, investigate what types of school-based supports parent/guardians deem most helpful in support of their children, and attempt to identify if and how parents/guardians and schools might connect in meaningful ways in support of the students’ career exploration process. The study targeted parents/guardians of Grade 10, 11, and 12 students within the province of Saskatchewan in the 2012-2013 school year. The initial survey instrument was an online questionnaire involving both quantitative and qualitative components. Follow-up telephone interviews were conducted to further explore various aspects stemming from the online results. Results identified specific school-based career supports deemed helpful, uncovered perceived gaps in career-related supports, identified the value of career conversations and communication, supported the notion of developing a common language for career development, and acknowledged the power of partnerships. Recommendations for both practice and research were presented in an effort to identify meaningful ways in which parents/guardians and schools may connect in order to help students develop the necessary career competencies to make informed decisions while creating and recreating their preferred futures.en_US
dc.publisherFaculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Reginaen_US
dc.titleYour Children – Our Students: Can Saskatchewan Parents and Schools Connect in Support of Career Development of Youth?en_US
dc.typeThesisen of Educationen_US and Instructionen_US of Reginaen'sen of Education (MEd)en_US of Education (MEd)en_US
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