The development of a career education program for gifted and talented secondary students: A case study

Graham Donald Boyd

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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In providing for quality outcomes for academically selected gifted and talented secondary students, the school in this study perceived a need to re-develop its career education program which was demand responsive, generic in approach and not aligned, as determined by student responses, to student needs. The study aimed at developing a career education program appropriate specifically for gifted and talented secondary students. The study's aims further evolved as the program development and evaluation processes progressed to encourage an ethos for the teaching of gifted and talented students which resulted in an integration of career education and student welfare. Identification of the stages in development and implementation of a career education program for gifted and talented students, the content and practices of such a program, and the implications for the schools, school district and wider educational community re subsequently identified as research questions to guide the case study. The study's aims were met within the constraints of current school resources. Career education theory, gifted and talented student theory, the career education needs of gifted and talented students, and careers adviser training were considered in a review of current literature. In the interim a student welfare program was implemented in Year 7, and a career education program was trialed in Year 1 I to complement limited class teaching in Year 10 preparatory to work experience.A needs analysis of current career education programs in the school formed the basis for development of a revised Year 7-12 Career Education program.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Education
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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