Date of Award

1-1-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education

School

School of Psychology

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Anna Lichtenberg

Abstract

The introduction of career guidance programmes in Singapore schools had tended to predominantly focus on secondary pupils. The lack of proactive career guidance programmes for the primary school had been due to the misguided belief that children in the primary school still have an extremely long way to go before they enter the workforce, and that their career development had not yet begun. Studies have shown that children have a natural tendency to form firm impressions of occupations early in life. This has resulted in their adopting certain occupations and discarding others before they have fully explored and understood the variety of occupations available. The need for young primary school children - as future entrants to the workforce -- to keep their occupational options open is paramount given the ever-changing landscape of the future work world.

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