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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Havenga, Marica
Email marica.foxcroft@gmail.com
URN etd-08132012-134613
Document Title The relationship between career adaptability and academic achievement in the course of life design counselling
Degree MEd
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof J G Maree Supervisor
  • life design counselling
  • academic achievement
  • career adaptability
  • adaptability
  • extracurricular activities
  • interpretivist paradigm
  • qualitative research
  • case study
  • negotiating change
  • career construction theory
Date 2012-04-18
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the relationship between top academic achievement in Grade 12 and certain characteristics of career adaptability. The career construction theory and the counselling model for life designing constituted the theoretical framework for the study. This research study of limited scope was conducted according to an interpretivist metatheoretical paradigm. I followed a qualitative methodological paradigm based on a case study design. Purposive sampling was used to select participants according to their top academic achievement. A very important factor in all case studies is the collection of data from multiple sources. Therefore, data collection methods included the Career Adapt-Abilities Inventory, individual interviews, life line and life story. A deductive style of analysis was used to identify themes (concern, control, curiosity, confidence). Inductive analysis was used to identify subthemes. Based on the findings of the study the salient aspects of career adaptability were established as being concern, control, curiosity and confidence. The importance of career adaptability when negotiating change was demonstrated by participants in their orientation and preparation for the future, making decisions after careful planning and exploration, and seeking information, as well as having confidence in their own ability and choices. Finally the findings of my research study suggest a significant relationship between Grade 12 top academic achievement and certain characteristics of career adaptability. Additionally findings suggest that other variables such as participation in extracurricular activities, gender, race and socioeconomic circumstances should not be excluded and therefore need to be investigated further.

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