Assessing career life skills self-efficacy of students with special educational needs: A comparative study in Hong Kong

Lan YANG, Mantak YUEN, Hui WANG, Zhuoying WANG, Kuen Fung SIN

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Abstract

The psychological construct of self-efficacy plays a salient role in students’ pursuit of a career path. Career-related self-efficacy is strongly associated with life satisfaction and emotional well-being. Most of what is known about this construct has come from research with mainstream students in the West, and considerably less attention has focused on students with special educational needs. The limited knowledge we have of SEN students’ career-related self-efficacy may be due to lack of appropriate assessment instruments with sound psychometric properties that can be used across cultures. This chapter reports steps taken to validate such an instrument, the Career Development Self-Efficacy Inventory (CD-SEI), for assessing career life skills self-efficacy in SEN students. The authors describe the use of a short form of CD-SEI in Hong Kong with a sample of SEN students and a comparison group without special needs. Theoretical and practical implications of using this instrument to assess career life skills self-efficacy of SEN students are discussed in light of current career development theories. Copyright © 2020 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareers for students with special educational needs: Perspectives on development and transitions from the Asia-Pacific region
EditorsMantak YUEN, Wendi BEAMISH, V. Scott H. SOLBERG
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer
Pages313-326
ISBN (Electronic)9789811544439
ISBN (Print)9789811544422
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Yang, L., Yuen, M., Wang, H., Wang, Z., & Sin, K. F. (2020). Assessing career life skills self-efficacy of students with special educational needs: A comparative study in Hong Kong. In M. Yuen, W. Beamish, & V. S. H. Solberg (Eds.), Careers for students with special educational needs: Perspectives on development and transitions from the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 313-326). Singapore: Springer.

Keywords

  • Career development
  • Inclusive education
  • Measurement scales
  • Students with special educational needs

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