Student experiences of the career counselling process in secondary subject choices in Australia: a case for parent-school partnership

Sarika Kewalramani, Sivanes Phillipson, Nish Belford

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    This chapter explores the parental role as mediators in children's future educational decisions. It presents a study to examine students' experiences and their thinking around their senior subject choices, as a result of schools' career counselling process involving students, their parents, the career counsellor and the subject teacher. The chapter focuses on the significance of parent–school partnership in secondary schools as a continuum of children's learning. It presents the theoretical dimensions surrounding students' learning to reveal how students' perceptions of their parental beliefs and expectations alongside the teacher's and the career counsellor's role influence their subject choices. The Australian Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has highlighted that significant career pathway advice and support occurs through less formal channels by parents and family members, as well as teachers. This is the case even though student subject selection and career pathway information and services are usually provided formally by career development professionals, such as the career counsellors in schools.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Learning and Teaching
    Subtitle of host publicationA Look into Australian Classrooms
    EditorsMelissa Barnes, Maria Gindidis, Sivanes Phillipson
    Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351129367
    ISBN (Print)9780815355717, 9780815355700
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • career choice
    • parental role
    • student subject choice

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