The educational and career aspirations of Solomon Island's parents for their children
Beuka, R. D. (2008). The educational and career aspirations of Solomon Island’s parents for their children (Thesis, Master of Education (MEd)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10289/2404
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This study used the qualitative semi-structured interview method to collect data to discoverSolomon Islands parents' educational and career aspirations for their children and theirperceptions of formal secondary education in the Solomon Islands with respect to theirchildren's preparation for meeting these aspirations. In carrying out the research, four coupleswere selected as participants and categorized into two groups according to their educationalattainment (well educated and less educated).What was found was that, although parents have educational and career aspirations for theirchildren, not all parents were specific. The findings also suggested that the career aspirationsparents have were mainly influenced by economic and social factors rather than internalfactors.In relation to parents' perception of the formal secondary education system in terms ofpreparing students for work, the findings suggested parents have both a positive and lowopinion of formal secondary education in the Solomon Islands. There was also a mixed feelingand point to the idea that there are other factors such as teachers and curriculum subjects thatimpacted on the perceptions of success or vice-versa of the secondary education system.The findings also suggested that while parents appreciate the vocational curriculum andeducation system as preparing students for work (than secondary education), preferencehowever was given to secondary education first and foremost.
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