Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Hardman, Joanne en_ZA
dc.contributor.author September, Unathi en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-28T05:34:51Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-28T05:34:51Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation September, U. 2017. Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25459
dc.description.abstract Abstract This research is concerned with how learners perceive Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems at schooling level in South Africa. The research is also about exploring how teachers in the high school setting use these Computer Assisted Career Guidance systems. The thesis defines Computer-Assisted Career Guidance Systems as "interactive guidance programs that an individual can operate independently to retrieve information useful for self-assessment and career exploration" (Fowkes & McWhirter, 2007, p. 388). The digital age has provided numerous Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems (CACGS) platforms where information can be consumed and used to make career related decisions (Fowkes & McWhirter, 2007). However, the impact and effectiveness of these CACGS has not been investigated in the South African context, particularly the perceptions of learners and teachers at high school level. This may be due to few schools, often only private schools, in South Africa having the financial and human resources to use and interpret results of learners from these CACGS. In this thesis, four Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems that are used in high schools were evaluated by learners, and these are PACE, Mindmuzik-EAS, The Online Career Guide and JVR Strong Interest Inventory. Furthermore, the thesis evaluated how teachers used these systems in class, the expectations by parents and how their respective schools evaluate the impact of CACGS against the school's objectives. The emergence and use of these CACGS in South African private schools provided an opportunity to research the perceptions of the impact that these technologies have on the decisions that high school leavers make. This study attempted to understand the usefulness of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in high schools that have invested in these technologies. The research evaluated CACGS in seven schools with 177 learners participating and 7 school teachers/psychologists. Focusing specifically on three composite scales that measured whether learners believed that after using the CACGS they became familiar with oneself and the world of work (Analysis), if they believed that through CACGS they were able to identify potential career alternatives (Synthesis) and if they believed that interacting with the computer made a difference (Computer Effect). This thesis adopts a mixed method approach to study CACGS, using a qualitative method through interviews to get the opinion of teachers and a quantitative method through surveys to get learners' perceptions. This study afforded rare insight into the South African high schools use of CACGS, where findings indicated a general acceptance and satisfaction of CACGS from learners. Moreover, revealing how the systems are implemented in class. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Education en_ZA
dc.title Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department School of Education en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MEd en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation September, U. (2017). <i>Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,School of Education. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25459 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation September, Unathi. <i>"Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,School of Education, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25459 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation September U. Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,School of Education, 2017 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25459 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - September, Unathi AB - Abstract This research is concerned with how learners perceive Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems at schooling level in South Africa. The research is also about exploring how teachers in the high school setting use these Computer Assisted Career Guidance systems. The thesis defines Computer-Assisted Career Guidance Systems as "interactive guidance programs that an individual can operate independently to retrieve information useful for self-assessment and career exploration" (Fowkes & McWhirter, 2007, p. 388). The digital age has provided numerous Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems (CACGS) platforms where information can be consumed and used to make career related decisions (Fowkes & McWhirter, 2007). However, the impact and effectiveness of these CACGS has not been investigated in the South African context, particularly the perceptions of learners and teachers at high school level. This may be due to few schools, often only private schools, in South Africa having the financial and human resources to use and interpret results of learners from these CACGS. In this thesis, four Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems that are used in high schools were evaluated by learners, and these are PACE, Mindmuzik-EAS, The Online Career Guide and JVR Strong Interest Inventory. Furthermore, the thesis evaluated how teachers used these systems in class, the expectations by parents and how their respective schools evaluate the impact of CACGS against the school's objectives. The emergence and use of these CACGS in South African private schools provided an opportunity to research the perceptions of the impact that these technologies have on the decisions that high school leavers make. This study attempted to understand the usefulness of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in high schools that have invested in these technologies. The research evaluated CACGS in seven schools with 177 learners participating and 7 school teachers/psychologists. Focusing specifically on three composite scales that measured whether learners believed that after using the CACGS they became familiar with oneself and the world of work (Analysis), if they believed that through CACGS they were able to identify potential career alternatives (Synthesis) and if they believed that interacting with the computer made a difference (Computer Effect). This thesis adopts a mixed method approach to study CACGS, using a qualitative method through interviews to get the opinion of teachers and a quantitative method through surveys to get learners' perceptions. This study afforded rare insight into the South African high schools use of CACGS, where findings indicated a general acceptance and satisfaction of CACGS from learners. Moreover, revealing how the systems are implemented in class. DA - 2017 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2017 T1 - Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect TI - Evaluating the perceptions and use of Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems in seven high schools by learners and teachers: analysis, synthesis and computer effect UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25459 ER - en_ZA


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