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Aiming high, aiming low, not knowing where to go: Career aspirations and later outcomes of adolescents with special educational needs

Gutman, LM; Schoon, I; (2018) Aiming high, aiming low, not knowing where to go: Career aspirations and later outcomes of adolescents with special educational needs. International Journal of Educational Research , 89 pp. 92-102. 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.10.002. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigates the role of early career aspirations in predicting the later educational and occupational outcomes of adolescents designated as having special educational needs (SEN) in comparison to those without SEN. Drawing upon the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, the sample includes adolescents with and without SEN who attended mainstream schools (n = 9966). Findings showed that high career aspirations at age 14 were more predictive of later educational and employment outcomes from ages 16 to 20 for adolescents with SEN compared to those without SEN. Findings underline the importance of helping adolescents with SEN identify their career aspirations in early adolescence and adopt appropriate strategies to encourage them to reach their potential.

Type: Article
Title: Aiming high, aiming low, not knowing where to go: Career aspirations and later outcomes of adolescents with special educational needs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.10.002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2017.10.002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10034092
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