Title

Influencers: The importance of discussions with parents, teachers and friends to support vocational and university pathways

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Training Research

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

School of Education

RAS ID

35715

Funders

Australian Government Murdoch University

Comments

Vernon, L., & Drane, C. F. (2021). Influencers: The importance of discussions with parents, teachers and friends to support vocational and university pathways. International Journal of Training Research, 18(2), 155-173. https://doi.org/10.1080/14480220.2020.1864442

Abstract

Educational and career aspirations can be shaped by the expectations of significant others, including parents, teachers and peers. This study examined career discussions with significant others and how discussions about university or vocational education supported post-high school pathways. A mediation model examined the role of gender, year level, and first-in-family status to the links between pathway discussions and career expectations. The main findings suggested that students who discussed university more frequently with others were more likely to expect to attend university post high school. Students who discussed vocational and educational training pathways reported they were more likely to pursue vocational education. Students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds reported high expectations of attending vocational education and low expectations of attending university. Students discussed career and academic pathways with parents and peers more than with teachers and counsellors. This research informs influencers as to the importance of timely career pathway discussions.

DOI

10.1080/14480220.2020.1864442

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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