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Title: Supporting school career education with an online community
Author: Jeffery, Grant
ISNI:       0000 0004 2677 5410
Awarding Body: Edinburgh Napier University
Current Institution: Edinburgh Napier University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesisi s an analysisi f a participatory action researchp roject, involving several interventions with school students in a series of iterative stages, exploring ways to take school student career education out of the confines of the schools themselvesa nd into the wider community; to introducep ersonc enterednesas s a core value in careere ducation;a nd to explore the effectivenesso f using online social and community networks to support career education generally. A software probe was developed consisting of a series of career education web pages linked to asynchronous online discussion. In the final data gathering trial, 40 people (including 30 school students from two Edinburgh schools and 10 adult `community' participants) contributed to a six week career education programme involving. cycles of face to face classroom work followed by pseudonymous, asynchronous, online discussion between the school students and the community participants. The data analysis shows that despite the open and relatively unconstrained format of the discussion, topics normally covered in mainstream career education classes were covered spontaneously by the participants. In addition, however, discussion ranged more widely, taking a more holistic perspective in some cases and following the personal interests and issues of concern of the participants (such as balancing occupational and family concerns). The participants went further, problematisingm any of the discourseso f conventionalc areere ducationa nd explicitly challenging received wisdom about the value of early occupational choice and the rational decision making process. The conventional career education curriculum was both extended and contested. There is analysis of the benefits of pseudonymity, the role of the adult contributors, the online forum, and the experience of the student participants. Ultimately the thesis raises questions about the humanist values underpinning careere ducation( such as person-centredneshs,o lism and emancipation)a rguing iv that Career Education and Guidance can be about value creation as much as transmission of dominant values.
Supervisor: Davenport, Elizabeth Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor