Views of parents on a career and life planning program for junior secondary students with special educational needs: A qualitative study in Hong Kong

Yiu Bun CHUNG, Mantak YUEN

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Abstract

Career and life planning is extremely important for all adolescents in order to enhance transition outcomes, but to date, little attention has been paid to its role in education for students with special educational needs (SENs). There is no specific model in Hong Kong for supporting career and life planning for SEN students, nor has there been any research on the topic. As a result, their needs are easily overlooked and they have had fewer opportunities to explore and develop their vocational interests. To address this problem, a charitable organization in Hong Kong initiated in 2016 a two-year program for junior secondary students with SEN. The program aimed to develop a service model for supporting career and life planning for these students in Grades 7–9. Evaluation of the program included obtaining views from different stakeholders, including parents of the SEN students. In this chapter, we discuss findings from the evaluation study using a qualitative approach with data from parent interviews. 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
Pages161-175
ISBN (Electronic)9789811544439
ISBN (Print)9789811544422
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Chung, Y. B., & Yuen, M. (2020). Views of parents on a career and life planning program for junior secondary students with special educational needs: A qualitative 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. 161-175). Singapore: Springer.

Keywords

  • Career and life planning
  • Parents’ views
  • Students with special educational needs

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