Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Education


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Len Vlahov

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Dr S. B. Jongeling


The aim of this study is to investigate the institutionalisation of career and vocational programs in Western Australian government secondary schools. Five specific objectives form the basis of the study. First, the study aims to determine the meanings which teachers construct for Career Education programs in schools. Second, the study examines the direct effects of personal construction of meaning, individual assimilation and organisational assimilation on the institutionalisation of Career Education. Third, the study determines the relationships between the personal construction of meaning, individual assimilation, organisational assimilation and institutionalisation of Career Education. Fourth, the study investigates the effectiveness of a causal model based on prior theoretical assumptions and factors identified by the sample and the literature as being influential in the institutionalisation of Career Education, using the method of path analysis. Fifth, the study develops an instrument to measure the institutionalisation of Career Education in secondary schools.

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