The DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES OF PARENTS AS PREDICTORS OF CAREER PREFERENCE OF IN- SCHOOLADOLESCENTS STUDENTS IN ABIA STATE

  • OJUKWU, MARK O PhD
  • Ali, E. N
Keywords: Demographic Variables, parents, Career Preference, Secondary School Students

Abstract

This study investigated Demographic Variables of parents as predictor of career preference of in-school adolescents students in Abia State. Five research questions and five hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Multi-stage sampling technique was used for the study. On the whole, 10% (690) of the SS2 senior secondary school (SS2) students in 2018/2019 academic sessions was selected from the three educational zones of Abia State namely, Umuahia Educational, Ohafia Education and Aba Educational Zones of Abia State. Two instruments used for data collection were developed questionnaire titled: Demographic Variable of Parents Questionnaire (SEBPQ) and Career Preference Questionnaire (CPQ). The instruments were structured into three sections as follows: (a) personal data, (b) Demographic Variables of parents, and (c) students career preference. The data for the study were collected by the researchers’. This was made possible with the help of the three research assistants who were Masters Students of the corresponding author. Out of the 690 copies of the questionnaire administered, 648 copies were returned and used for the analysis representing 96.6% rate of return. Data obtained through the administered questionnaire were organized and analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation to answer the research questions while linear regression analysis was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 levels of significance. Based on the data collected and analyzed, the study found that:  parents’ educational qualification positively predicted about 66% of career preference of senior secondary school students in Abia State, parents’ occupational background strongly and positively predicted about 23% of career preference of students and parents’ financial background strongly, positively predicted about 62% of career preference of students, significant relationship between male and female students on career preference of senior secondary school students and significant relationship exist among urban and rural students on career preference of senior secondary school students.Based on the above findings of the study, it was therefore concluded that parents’ educational qualification strongly and positively influences career preference of senior secondary school students in Abia State. It is therefore reccomended that: Counsellors should go beyond the academic field and help students to improve and understand how their perceptions of parents’ educational qualification may shape their career preference in school.

Author Biographies

OJUKWU, MARK O, PhD

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE UMUDIKE

UMUAHIA, ABIA STATE, NIGERIA.

 

Ali, E. N

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE

UMUDIKE, ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

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Published
2020-09-06
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MARK O, O., & E. N, A. (2020). The DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES OF PARENTS AS PREDICTORS OF CAREER PREFERENCE OF IN- SCHOOLADOLESCENTS STUDENTS IN ABIA STATE. GPH - International Journal of Educational Research, 3(08), 20-35. Retrieved from http://gphjournal.org/index.php/er/article/view/298